In DepthU.S. Science Policy

Scientists cheer Senate bill

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Science  01 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6294, pp. 17
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6294.17

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It may not show U.S. scientists the money, but it definitely shows them the love. This week the Senate commerce and science committee marked up a long-awaited bill governing programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology as well as government-wide policies on science education and innovation. In sharp contrast to a sheaf of related legislation adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in the past year that has infuriated many researchers, the Senate bill aligns with the science community's view on several key issues. It endorses NSF's current approach to choosing what research to fund, proposes ways to reduce the amount of time that universities and scientists spend complying with rules governing recipients of federal research dollars, and calls for the spread of NSF's wildly popular Innovation Corps program to train budding academic entrepreneurs.