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Bullet policy, statements · Dec 17, 2020

Science Coalition Lays Out Priorities, Recommendations for Biden Transition Team

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)—an alliance of more than 130 professional organizations, scientific societies, universities, and businesses that advocate for the National Science Foundation (NSF)—has submitted a number of science policy priorities and key personnel recommendations to President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team.

Policy recommendations from CNSF, of which AIBS is a member, include: ensuring robust and sustainable federal funding for scientific research; providing emergency relief funding for federal science agencies, including NSF; committing to the health of existing major research facilities; increasing funding for infrastructure research and workforce development; prioritizing racial equity and increasing participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in science; and ensuring NSF plays a robust role in the Administration’s climate change agenda.

The coalition urges President-elect Biden to appoint a science advisor by January 2021 and nominate that person to serve as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The group also calls on the Administration to expeditiously nominate an individual for the Deputy Director position at NSF, which has remained vacant since 2013.