The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), the Energy Sciences Coalition, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Coalition, the Coalition for Aerospace and Science, and the Tech Hub Advocacy Group—collectively representing nearly 200 research organizations, academic institutions, science and professional societies, higher education associations, and private industries that advocate for federal science agencies—have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging the inclusion of $13 billion in a supplemental spending package “to advance U.S. national security, energy security, and economic competitiveness through research and economic development activities.”
The coalitions argues that a supplemental funding package should include $5 billion for the National Science Foundation, $2 billion for Department of Energy Office of Science, $2.5 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and $1.6 billion for NIST.
“These federal agencies have a successful track record of delivering science- and technology-based solutions to solve national, societal, and geostrategic challenges,” the letter contends. “Congress has supported legislation to further expand their missions in driving regional innovation, accelerating technology transfer and adoption, training the next-generation workforce, and creating the jobs of the future. These federal agencies cannot meet these goals without additional funding.”
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