November 17, 2010

Dear Chairman Inouye, Ranking Member Cochran, Chairman Obey, and Ranking Member Lewis:

As Congress works to finalize funding for fiscal year 2011, we urge you to fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.424 billion - the level recommended by the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee and the President. This level of investment would keep NSF on the funding path authorized by the bipartisan America COMPETES Act of 2007 (PL 110-69).

Science is essential to our nation. It creates jobs, drives economic growth, and helps to solve our most demanding problems, such as improving human health, increasing food security, and informing environmental stewardship.

As noted by the National Academy of Sciences, "The most fundamental building block of innovation is newly acquired knowledge, often in the form of scientific or technological advancements." Through investments in fundamental research, the National Science Foundation is central to the generation of new knowledge and innovation. Moreover, NSF science education programs contribute to the development of the next generation of scientists and science educators - the individuals who will help ensure that future generations enjoy a higher standard of living than we do today.

Thank you for your strong support of the National Science Foundation. We ask you to continue your commitment to address our nation's competitiveness through this important investment in NSF research and education programs.


Richard O'Grady, Ph.D.
Executive Director
American Institute of Biological Sciences
David A. Drupa
Executive Director
National Association of Biology Teachers
John Faaborg, Ph.D.
American Ornithologists' Union
William Y. Brown, Ph.D.
Natural Science Collections Alliance
Steve Weller, Ph.D.
Botanical Society of America
Ian Billick, Ph.D.
Organization of Biological Field Stations
Robert Waide, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Long Term Ecological Research Network Office
George Cobb, Ph.D.
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry of North America
Thomas D. Bruns, Prof., Ph.D.
Mycological Society of America
Keith Crandall, Ph.D.
Society of Systematic Biologists

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