The AIBS Public Policy Office recently submitted congressional testimony in support of increased fiscal year (FY) 2009 funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF)
AIBS encouraged Congress to provide NSF with at least $7.326 billion for FY 2009, the funding level authorized by the America COMPETES Act (PL 110-69). Nearly $500 million more than the President requested, the increased funding levels would allow the Biological Sciences directorate (BIO) to increase 19 percent over its FY 2008 appropriation. This would place BIO more on-par with the growth trajectory of research directorates in the physical sciences that are slated to receive 19-20 percent increases in FY 2009 (compared to the 10.3 percent increase for BIO requested by the President).
Additionally, in testimony to the House, AIBS reminded and thanked members of the Appropriations Committee for recognizing the importance of balanced investments in the FY 2008 Committee Report (H. Rept. 110-240).
AIBS congressional testimony is available in the Position Statements section of the AIBS web site at http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/. Additional information about the federal budget process is available at the AIBS Public Policy Office Federal Budget Resource Web page, http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/budget_source.html
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