Congress is now considering appropriations for the federal agencies for fiscal year 2011. It is vital that members of Congress understand why federal investments in the National Science Foundation (NSF) are important to the nation and their district.

NSF provides roughly 68 percent of federal funding for competitive, peer-reviewed grants in fundamental and environmental biological research at our nation’s universities and non-profit research centers.

Please write to your Representative today to ask him/her to support increased funding for NSF by signing the “Dear Colleague letter” being circulated by Representatives Ehlers (R-MI), Holt (D-NJ), Inglis (R-SC), and Lipinski (D-IL). This bipartisan letter will be sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over NSF’s budget. The more members of Congress that sign this letter, the more likely NSF is to receive increased funding.

Act today to ensure that your Representative has time to sign this letter by March 17, 2010. Simply go to to send a prepared letter to your Representative.


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