Congress is now considering appropriations for federal agencies for fiscal year 2011.  It is important that members of Congress understand why federal investments in the National Science Foundation (NSF) are important to the nation and their district.

NSF provides roughly 68 percent of federal funding for competitive, peer-reviewed grants in fundamental and environmental biological research at our nation’s universities and non-profit research centers.  NSF is also provides essential grant funding to natural science collections to help train the next generation of scientists and curators, digitize specimens and associated data, and to provide important formal and informal science education programs to students and the public.

Please write to your Representative today by going to  Send your Representative a letter asking that he/she support increased funding for NSF by signing the “Dear Colleague letter” being circulated by Representatives Ehlers (R-MI), Holt (D-NJ), Inglis (R-SC), and Lipinski (D-IL).  This bipartisan letter will be sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over NSF’s budget.  The more members of Congress that sign this letter, the more likely NSF is to receive increased funding.

Act today to ensure that your member of Congress can sign this letter before the March 17, 2010 deadline.

Simply go to to send a prepared letter to your Representative.