U.S. Senate Panel OKs Slight Funding Boost for NSF

April 22, 2016

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced a funding bill that would give a slight boost to the National Science Foundation next fiscal year.

Lawmakers approved, on a 30 to zero vote, legislation that would provide $7.51 billion to the NSF for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. That would represent a $46 million increase from the science agency’s current funding level.

President Obama’s budget request had called for a much larger increase of more than $500 million.

The appropriations bill did not appear to include any additional requirements on how the NSF awards research grants. House Republicans earlier this year passed legislation that would require the agency to provide a written justification for how every grant furthers the “national interest.”

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