April 15, 2011
On 15 April, the American Institute of Biological Sciences submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. The testimony was in support of funding the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.767 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2012. This funding level would represent a 13 percent increase for the agency over the FY 2010 budget.
"NSF is a vital engine for our nation's continued economic growth," stated the testimony. "The agency's support for scientific research and education programs fosters innovation, improves science education, and maintains our scientific infrastructure."
The testimony highlighted the contributions of NSF's Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) to science, education, and research infrastructure. In addition to supporting the increase for research funding for BIO, the testimony urges Congress to support increased funding for the digitization of biological collections, the continued construction of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), and the Graduate Research Fellowship program.
To read the entire testimony, visit http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20110415nsftestimony.html.