News of the WeekNational Science Foundation

The Money to Meet the President's Priorities

+ See all authors and affiliations

Science  29 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5931, pp. 1128-1129
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1128a

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Summary

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has turned recent actions by Congress and the priorities of a new president into an array of programs to strengthen the scientific work force, tackle pressing societal problems, and foster collaborations across disciplines. The initiatives are made possible by the brightest budget picture in NSF's 60-year history. Some $3 billion from the one-time stimulus package, combined with a 6.5% boost to its regular 2009 budget, has brought spending to a record $9.5 billion this year. Its 2010 budget, excluding stimulus funds, would rise by 8.5%, to just over $7 billion, if Congress approves President Barack Obama's request.