More than 125 associations and universities in the Coalition for National Science Funding have endorsed a letter to key House and Senate appropriators.

NSF-LogoMore than 125 associations and universities in the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) have endorsed a letter to key House and Senate appropriators urging them to provide $7.4 billion to the National Science Foundation in FY 2011. This letter comes as House and Senate leaders are developing a strategy to provide funding after December 3 when a short-term appropriations bill expires that has kept the federal government in operation.

CNSF was established in 1988 and has approximately 125 members, including the American Institute of Physics and five of its Member Societies: American Association of Physics Teachers, American Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Physical Society, and the Optical Society of America. Further information about the coalition is available here.

The Obama Administration requested $7,424.4 million for NSF for FY 2011, an increase of $551.9 million or 8.0 percent over the previous year. In describing the request, then NSF Director Arden Bement stated “This keeps us on the road to President Obama’s plan to double NSF’s budget. The plan is part of an overall strategy to increase the nation’s total R&D investment to three percent of Gross Domestic Product.”

The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee approved a FY 2011 bill that provided the full request. The bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee included almost the entire request.

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Source: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News
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