National Science Foundation

8 Nov 2013

Last week House Science, Space and Technology Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) circulated a Democratic discussion draft of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2013.  The draft bill reauthorizes the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 and includes sections on government wide science; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity; the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); innovation; and the Department of Energy (DOE).

21 Jun 2013

A joint hearing last month by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee – the Subcommittee on Space and Subcommittee on Research – provided ample evidence of enthusiastic bipartisan support for NASA and NSF programs to discover new planets orbiting stars other than our Sun.

23 May 2013

A letter was sent to the members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation regarding the merit review process and research portfolio of the National Science Foundation.

22 Aug 2013

The White House announced that President Obama will nominate France Anne Cordova to become the next director of the National Science Foundation. The term for this position is six years.

24 Jul 2013

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the FY 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bills. These bills provide funding to the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

24 Jul 2013

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the FY 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bills.

11 Apr 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds non-biomedical basic research and education across all fields of science and engineering and is the only agency to do so, Acting Director Cora Marrett explained at yesterday’s briefing on the FY 2014 NSF budget request.  She emphasized that the foundation funds high-risk, high-reward research projects in addition to funding advanced instrumentation and facilities.  Also of note, 204 Nobel laureates received NSF funding including 23 within the last 5 years. 

10 Jul 2013

The National Science Foundation has released its spending plan for the current year.  Importantly, this “FY 2013 Current Plan” includes mandatory reductions made due to sequestration. 

Shown below are selected figures for FY 2012, the FY 2013 final budget, and the Obama Administration’s request for FY 2014:

Total National Science Foundation:

FY 2012 Budget: $7,105.4 million
FY 2013 Budget: $6,884.1 million, a decline of $221.3 million or 3.1 percent

8 Apr 2013

he Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a February 28 hearing to hear from Inspector Generals (IG) about the performance and management challenges at their respective agencies.

5 Apr 2013

A good indicator of the views of House Science Committee Republicans on the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Science Foundation can be found in a eight-page document submitted to the House Budget Committee

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