The scientific community is gearing up for congressional consideration of a law that affects basic federal research. Congress is expected to soon address legislation that sets funding authorization levels and policy directives for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal science agencies.

In anticipation of congressional action, 118 scientific organizations and universities have crafted guiding principles for the America COMPETES Act reauthorization. The guidelines call for “steady and sustained real growth in funding for all of the major federal research agencies.” Other highlights include preservation of peer review and reduction of unnecessary or duplicative federal regulations. In terms of education and workforce issues, support for science education programs and high-skilled immigration reform are identified as priorities.

The America COMPETES Act was last considered by Congress in 2010. The law set funding guidelines for NSF for three years, which will expire this year.


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