The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has requested that Congressional appropriators fully fund the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In written testimony, AIBS expressed support for the President’s budget request of $7.373 billion for NSF in FY 2013, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The testimony also calls attention to the valuable research and education programs provided by NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate. In particular, the testimony highlights the proposed funding increases for Graduate Research Fellowships, digitization of natural history collections, and the construction of NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network).

To read the AIBS testimony, please visit


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