National Science Foundation

12 Mar 2014

Tomorrow the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee meets to mark up a bill that would authorize the programs of the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The legislation will also authorize STEM education programs, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and related matters, and R&D programs for Networking and Information Technology.  A draft of this legislation attracted much attention last year because of proposed controversial changes in NSF’s grant-making process. 

15 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  On Monday evening the text of an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  The omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, is expected to pass the House and Senate and sent to President Obama within the next few days.

22 Feb 2013

Echoing House action taken last year to eliminate funding for political science research and the climate change education program at the National Science Foundation, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said in a speech earlier this month that “Funds currently spent by the government on social science – including on politics of all things – would be better spent helping find cures to diseases.”

18 Nov 2013

The Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a November 13 hearing to discuss research activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Topics of discussion at the hearing included transparency in grant review, technology transfer, open access, and federal investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.  Members were interested to hear witnesses comment on a discussion draft of the Frontie

8 Nov 2013

Last week House Science, Space and Technology Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) circulated a Democratic discussion draft of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2013.  The draft bill reauthorizes the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 and includes sections on government wide science; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity; the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); innovation; and the Department of Energy (DOE).

21 Jun 2013

A joint hearing last month by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee – the Subcommittee on Space and Subcommittee on Research – provided ample evidence of enthusiastic bipartisan support for NASA and NSF programs to discover new planets orbiting stars other than our Sun.

23 May 2013

A letter was sent to the members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation regarding the merit review process and research portfolio of the National Science Foundation.

22 Aug 2013

The White House announced that President Obama will nominate France Anne Cordova to become the next director of the National Science Foundation. The term for this position is six years.

24 Jul 2013

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the FY 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bills. These bills provide funding to the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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