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FYI This Month - August 2009

Richard M. Jones
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Strong Interest in NSF and DOE Initiatives:

The National Science Foundation issued a call to the scientific community for reviewers to evaluate proposals submitted to its Academic Research Infrastructure - Recover and Reinvestment program. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $200 million to this program for an anticipated 100-120 awards. The Department of Energy reported that it had evaluated 3,500 Concept Papers responding to an initial Funding Opportunity Announcement for its Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. (FYI #103)

White House Memo on FY 2011 S&T Priorities:

Following a practice established by the Clinton Administration, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy sent agency heads a memo to guide the formulation of FY 2011 budget requests. In addition to specific guidance, the memo instructs agencies to build on the science and technology priorities in the economic stimulus legislation and the FY 2010 budget request. (FYI #104)

First Meeting of the Obama Administration's PCAST:

The two-day meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology included discussions on health care, science education, funding, and the Department of Energy; reports from several PCAST subcommittees; and insights on the Administration’s approach to science and science policy. (FYI #105)

Senate Appropriations Bill - NIBIB:

The Senate Appropriations Committee recommended an increase of 1.7 percent in the FY 2010 budget for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, a figure that is more than the Administration’s request, but half that in the House version of the funding bill. (FYI #106)

Senate Appropriators Approve Education Funding:

Recommended FY 2010 funding levels for education programs fared differently in the appropriations bill for the Department of Education. If the full Senate accepts the House figure for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships it will be the first increase for this program since FY 2006. (FYI #107)

Senate Debate on DOE Appropriations Bill:

During discussion of the FY 2010 funding bill, senators discussed the importance of a sustained investment in scientific facilities, the value of the national laboratories, the proposed Energy Innovation Hubs, (FYI #108) and nuclear power and the disposal of nuclear waste. (FYI #109)

Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics