June 13, 2012
On 13 June 2012, AIBS wrote to the leadership of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations to thank the members for their support of funding for scientific research at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The House passed a bill (H.R. 5326) in May that would fund NSF at $7.3 billion in fiscal year 2013, which starts on 1 October 2012. This would be a $299 million increase over the current funding level.
The bill also includes a provision that would prohibit NSF from funding political science research. This language was offered as an amendment by Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and was agreed to by a margin of only ten votes. The letter urges the Representatives to work to remove this policy provision during the conference process with the Senate.
Read the letter at http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20120613nsffunding.html.