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AIBS Testifies about Need for Increased Funding for Biological Research

May 1, 2008


In March, the AIBS Public Policy Office submitted congressional testimony in support of increased funding in fiscal year (FY) 2009 for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Geological Survey (USGS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

AIBS encouraged Congress to provide the NSF with $7.326 billion for FY 2009, the funding level authorized by the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69). Nearly $500 million more than the president requested, the higher funding levels would allow the NSF to increase the Bio­logical Sciences directorate (BIO) by 19 percent over the FY 2008 appropriation. This would place BIO more on par with the growth trajectory of research directorates in the physical sciences, which are slated to receive 19 to 20 percent increases in FY 2009 (compared with the 10.3 percent increase for the BIO requested by the president).

AIBS testimony in support of the USGS encourages Congress to allocate $1.3 billion for fiscal year 2009, including $230 million for the programs of the Biological Resources Discipline (BRD). The president’s FY 2009 budget request for the USGS is $969 million, $38 million below the enacted FY 2008 budget, and several of the programs within the BRD would experience significant budget cuts if the budget were passed as is.

AIBS also submitted testimony asking Congress to provide at least $646.5 million for the Office of Research and Development within the EPA, $181 million of which would be for human health and ecosystem research.

All congressional testimony is posted in the position statements section of the AIBS Web site ( Additional information about the federal budget process is available at the AIBS Public Policy Office Federal Budget Resource Web page (

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