National Science Foundation


"Given the times, we are doing quite well."
    -- NSF Director Neal Lane (March 20, 1996)

The National Science Foundation has requested a 4.6% increase in
its budget for Fiscal Year 1997.  This increase of $145 million
brings the foundation's proposed budget to $3.325 billion.  (The
1996 budget figure is based on the unsigned appropriations bill
plus a carryover from previous years.)

21 Mar 1996

The annual budget cycle for the National Science Foundation began
last week at a three-hour hearing before the House VA, HUD, and
Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.  The hearing went
well, with the only real sticking point some resistance to a
foundation review of the EPSCoR program.

11 Mar 1996

During the annual meeting of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, NSF Director Neal Lane spoke to the science
community about its role in explaining the importance of science.
Excerpts from his February 9 remarks, entitled "Science and the
American Dream: Healthy or History?" are quoted below.  The "//"
indicates that selections from separate paragraphs have been
combined in the interests of space.


16 Feb 1996

Outlook on FY 96 Appropriations for NSF, NASA, NIST

Temporary funding expires in one month for the National Science
Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and
Technology.  There seems to be sentiment that before then, Congress
and the Clinton Administration may agree on a legislative mechanism
to avoid a repeat of previous government shutdowns.

16 Feb 1996

"I look forward to a lasting partnership that advances discovery, learning, and cooperation across our entire society." -- NSF Director Neal Lane

30 Dec 1998

A total of eighty-eight members of the House of Representatives
co-signed a letter recommending fully funding the National Science
Foundation for the rest of fiscal year 1996 (see FYI #18.)  The
letter was written by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) to House
Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston (R-LA) and House
VA/HUD Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA).
Sixty-one Republicans and 27 Democrats signed Ehlers' letter.  The
signatories are listed below.  Sixteen are members of the House

5 Feb 1996

As reported in FYI #17, the January 26 passage of another stopgap
spending bill (H.R. 2880) ensures funding for the National Science
Foundation through March 15.  However, the uncertainty of the
funding situation beyond that date has forced NSF to delay issuing
many new and continuing grants, a result that is being felt in
universities across the country.  The science community has begun
to respond, informing their Members of Congress of the disruption
to America's research effort. 

5 Feb 1996

With only hours to spare, Congress approved short-term funding last
week for a number of departments and agencies still lacking an FY
1996 appropriation.  Among them are NSF, NASA, and NIST.  Funding
is assured through March 15.  The following is the funding status
for departments and agencies tracked by FYI:

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: An full year appropriations bill was signed
last fall (see 1995 FYI #154.)

1 Feb 1996

Robert Schrieffer, President of The American Physical Society, sent
the following letter to leaders in the House and Senate regarding
the lack of an FY 1996 appropriation for the National Science

January 19, 1996

"The budget impasse is beginning to have a dramatic--and
negative--effect on the nation's scientific research enterprise.
One immediate threat is to research supported by the National
Science Foundation.

23 Jan 1996


National Science Foundation Director Neal Lane, in a speech
entitled, "Thin Ice Over Deep Water: Science and Technology in a
Seven Year Downsizing," comments on the outlook for federal science
funding and the role of scientists in the political process.  Lane
delivered his remarks at a January 15 meeting of the American
Astronomical Society.   See FYI #8 for Lane's description of the
effect of the shutdown on NSF.  FYIs #10 and 11 provide guidance on
communicating with Congress.

9 Jan 1996


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