June 13, 2012
AIBS joined more than 120 other scientific organizations and universities in calling for the Senate to adequately support research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year 2013.
"As you prepare to debate the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013, the undersigned organizations urge you to reject attempts to reduce funding for NSF," states the letter. "We also stand in strong opposition to legislative attempts to micromanage NSF and undermine the merit review process by singling out specific programs for elimination as recently occurred in the House."
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill (S. 2323) that would provide NSF with a $240 million increase. The House-passed version of the bill would provide $59 million more than the Senate bill, but also includes a provision that would prohibit NSF from funding political science research.
The letter was organized by the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), of which AIBS is a member. Read a copy of the letter at http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20120613cnsfsenate_letter.html.