AIBS has provided testimony to the House Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding for the National Science Foundation.
The testimony reads, in part: “Biological research is in our national interest. Increasing our knowledge of how genes, cells, tissues, organisms, and ecosystems function is vitally important to efforts to improve the human condition. Food security, medicine and public health, national security, economic growth, and sound environmental management are informed by the biological sciences. The knowledge gained from NSF-funded research contributes to the development of new research tools and industries.”
AIBS urged Congress to provide NSF with at least $10.2 billion in FY 2022, arguing that this level of funding is “necessary in undoing the recent stagnant funding that slowed American scientific discovery. The requested funding will grow and sustain the U.S. bioeconomy and enable NSF to accelerate work on important initiatives at the frontiers of science and engineering.”