A group of biological science organizations sent a letter to the members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee to express their concerns with the “Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014.”

“The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an important engine that helps power our nation’s economic growth,” states the letter. “Through its competitive, peer-reviewed research grants, NSF supports the development of new knowledge that will help to solve the most challenging problems facing society, and will lead to new scientific discoveries, patents, and jobs.”

Concerns were raised about the overall funding level for NSF, the specification of funding by directorate, and the language on misrepresentation of research results.

The letter was signed by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, Botanical Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Long Term Ecological Research Network, Organization of Biological Field Stations, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, and the Society of Systematic Biologists.

Read the letter at http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20140521firstact.html.


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