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National Science Foundation

FYI covers NSF’s major research and facilities programs, with a special focus on the Math and Physical Sciences Directorate. FYI also covers the foundation’s general policy, strategy, and administration, as well as activities of the National Science Board.

13 Mar 2015

In addition to a letter circulating among House Members regarding the FY 2016 appropriation for the DOE Office of Science, a similar letter has just been distributed by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and David McKinley (R-WV) in support of the National Science Foundation.

4 Mar 2015

A 14-minute exchange between National Science Foundation Director France Cordova, National Science Board Chairman Dan Arvizu, the Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and a subcommittee Ranking Member indicates that the lengthy impasse between key members of the committee and the foundation regarding its grant making policies and procedures apparently has been broken.

6 Feb 2015

The Administration’s FY 2016 request for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is based on recommendations from several reports from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in addition to the 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.

3 Feb 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested $7,723.6 million, an increase of $379.3 million or 5.2 percent over the FY 2015 appropriation of $7,344.2 million.

22 Dec 2014

There was considerable discussion this year about the National Science Foundation’s grant practices.  There were three developments in December of note:

10 Dec 2014

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to complete action on a $1.1trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.

21 Nov 2014

The Coalition for National Science Funding and the Coalition for National Security Research have issued separate letters to Members of Congress urging the passage of funding legislation providing the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense’s basic research program with budget increases in FY 2015.  It is uncertain if Members will be given an opportunity to vote on an omnibus appropriations bill with these increases before short term funding expires on December 11.

31 Oct 2000

As reported in FYI FYI#130, Rep. Vern Ehlers' (R-MI) National Science Education Act (H.R. 4271) was brought to the House floor but not passed last week. The bill enjoyed broad bipartisan support, had passed the Science Committee unanimously in July, and was supported by many organizations including the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Astronomical Society, and the American Physical Society. However, in recent days a number of Members had raised concerns about the constitutionality of one provision.

31 Oct 2000

The National Science Education Act (H.R. 4271), the first of Rep. Vern Ehlers' (R-MI) trio of bills to improve science education, failed to gain House passage on October 24. The bill, which would have authorized $235.3 million over three years to improve and enhance science and math education programs at the National Science Foundation, had 118 cosponsors and had enjoyed broad bipartisan support. On the House floor last week, it received 215 "yea" and 156 "no" votes, but because of the parliamentary procedure being used, it did not pass.

4 Oct 2000

Today's Washington Post contains an op-ed by Harold Varmus, president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and former director of the National Institutes of Health. Varmus states that "Congress is not addressing with sufficient vigor the compelling needs of the other science agencies [besides NIH], especially the National Science Foundation and the Office of Science at the Department of Energy." The budget for each of them should be doubled over the next five years, he contends. Varmus cites the contributions of physicists to advances in medical diagnosis and treatment.