The NSC Alliance submitted testimony to the Senate in favor of sustained funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year 2014. The testimony supports the President’s budget request of $7.626 billion for FY 2014, an increase of $593 million above FY 2012.
“The progress of basic scientific research requires a steady federal investment,” stated the testimony authored by NSC Alliance President Larry Page. “Unpredictable swings in federal funding can disrupt research programs, create uncertainty in the research community, and impede the development of solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems.”
The testimony also highlighted the value of NSF’s support for digitization of scientific collections, biodiversity research, and informal science education.
The request was sent to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, which has jurisdiction over funding for NSF and other federal agencies. Testimony was sent in March to the House panel with jurisdiction over NSF funding.