R&D trends and history

28 Feb 2000

"So science provides the only sure basis for reaching agreements that can not only be signed, but implemented..." - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

5 Jan 2000

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20 Feb 1998

Last week, Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan) held a one hour briefing on the status of his National Science Policy study. Ehlers chairs a House Science Committee effort to "conduct a review of our national science policy and develop a new long-range science and technology policy that is concise, comprehensive, and coherent."

Ehlers began by discussing his three overall objectives: serving as a liaison to the science community (saying it had "gone well"), heading the policy study, and doing a review of science education (which will occur next year.)

3 Feb 1998

The Clinton Administration's Fiscal Year 1999 budget request for civilian research is unprecedented. Under a proposed Research Fund for America (encompassing the non-defense research programs of HHS, NSF, DOE, NASA, USDA, Commerce, USGS, EPA, VA, Department of Education, and a Climate Change Technology Initiative) funding would increase 8 percent. Between the current year and 2003, funding would increase 32 percent.

28 Jan 1998

"Tonight, as part of our gift to the millennium, I propose a 21st Century research fund for pathbreaking scientific inquiry, the largest funding increase in history for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute."-- President Bill Clinton

27 Dec 1993

Looking back over 1993, here are some of the major science policy
developments affecting the physics community:

JANUARY: Hazel O'Leary becomes DOE secretary...John Gibbons
confirmed as OSTP director...Walter Massey resigns as NSF director.

FEBRUARY: Administration requests an additional $207 million for
current year funding for NSF...House science committee chairman
George Brown announces plans for earmarking hearings...GAO predicts
difficulty in obtaining foreign SSC funding...Administration
releases new technology policy report.

28 Oct 1993

On October 19, the House of Representatives voted to terminate the
Superconducting Super Collider.  Through a series of complicated
parliamentary procedures, the House voted to send its conferees
back to the Energy and Water Development appropriations conference
committee with instructions to terminate the collider.  The vote
was 282 to terminate the collider; 143 in support of it.

27 Oct 1993

It will take several months of reflection to fully assess why
Congress, after spending over $2 billion (including the Texas
contribution) on the Superconducting Super Collider, decided last
week to cancel the project.  An initial appraisal suggests the


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