News of the Week2001 BUDGET

How NSF Came Up With the Biggest Boost in Its History

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Science  04 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5454, pp. 778-779
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5454.778

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Last month, President Bill Clinton announced that his 2001 budget could give the National Science Foundation (NSF) the biggest increase in its 50-year history (Science, 28 January, p. 558). The overall request for $4.6 billion would actually provide a bit more money than NSF officials had sought under the most likely of three budget scenarios. At the same time, it shifts funds from what NSF had labeled as priorities into other areas of research.