On 21 July, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a joint memorandum providing guidance to federal agencies on the formulation of science and technology priorities in the fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget.

The four-page document includes a provision on federal science collections: “Agencies should implement strategies for increasing the benefits for science and society derived from scientific collections by following the recommendations in the report by the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections and efforts outlined in the National R&D Strategy for Microbial Forensics.”

The memo also directs agencies to invest in high-risk, high-reward research, support multidisciplinary research, and engage in international scientific collaboration.  Additionally, the memo outlines priorities in the areas of energy, environment, health, agriculture and economy.

Click here to read the complete memorandum.