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NSF Slated for a 2.5% Boost in 2012 Budget
Good luck to all those applying this year!
From Science by Jeffrey Mervis.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is due to receive a surprising 2.5% increase in its 2012 budget. That good news came from a conference report filed last night for three spending bills, expected to be approved by Congress before the end of the week.
The new $7.03 billion budget for NSF would represent a $173 million hike over current, 2011 levels. It’s an unexpected turn of events for the agency. Earlier this fall, the Senate passed a spending bill that would have cut NSF’s budget by $161 million, and a House of Representatives spending panel this summer embraced a flat budget.
Science lobbyists are hailing the vote of confidence in basic research from Congress and applauding the efforts of Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), who chair the relevant appropriations subcommittee in the House of Representatives and the Senate, respectively. NSF officials declined to comment pending final passage of the bill.
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