NSF for the Future Act - H.R.2225

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"To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 for the National Science Foundation, and for other purposes."
Primary sponsors: 
Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Summary of Selected Provisions
  • Recommends Congress roughly double the National Science Foundation’s annual budget to $18 billion over five years, a portion of which would go toward creating a Directorate for Science and Engineering Solutions
  • Recommends the new directorate receive an initial annual budget of $1.4 billion and grow to $3.4 billion over five years
  • Establishes that the directorate would focus on a periodically refreshed list of up to five focus areas. In selecting the focus areas, the NSF director must consider the following “societal challenges”: climate change and environmental sustainability, global competitiveness in critical technologies; cybersecurity; national security; STEM education and workforce; and social and economic inequality
  • Broadly updates policies across NSF’s research and education programs, including by requiring grant applicants to assess the potential ethical implications of the research they propose to conduct
Actions on the House bill: 
House passed bill by vote of 345 to 67
House Science Committee passed amended bill by voice vote
Bill introduced