On 11 March, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) provided testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in support of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request of $7.767 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF). If funded at this level, the budget for NSF would be 13 percent above the FY 2010 level.

“NSF is a vital engine for our nation’s continued economic growth,” stated the testimony. “The agency’s support for scientific research and education programs fosters innovation, improves science education, and maintains our scientific infrastructure.”

AIBS drew attention to the contributions of NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) to science, education, and research infrastructure. In addition to supporting a proposed increase for research funding for BIO, the testimony urges Congress to support increased funding for the digitization of biological collections, the continued construction of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), and the Graduate Research Fellowship program.

To read the complete statement, visit http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20110311nsftestimony.html.


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