Bill to Renew Science Funding Draws Universities' Criticism

March 11, 2014

Congressional Republicans introduced legislation Monday to reauthorize funding for the National Science Foundation and other agencies, and the bill drew sharp criticism from university research groups. Leaders on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology said that the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act (H.R. 4186) would streamline science research and education programs to make the country's investments more effective. But in a statement, the Association of American Universities said the funding levels in the bill would fail to keep pace with inflation, and make significant cuts in funds for social, behavioral and economic research.

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