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NSF Research Bounces Back; Congress Funds New Facilities

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Science  16 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5546, pp. 1430-1431
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5546.1430a

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Congress last week pulled the 2002 budget for the National Science Foundation (NSF) back from the brink of fiscal calamity. By providing a 7.7% increase for NSF's $3.6 billion research account, legislators more than wiped out a 0.5% cut proposed by President George W. Bush in April and gave a green light to several NSF initiatives. At the same time, lawmakers accepted with minor tinkering the president's plans for NSF's education programs, boosting them 11% to $875 million.