The Natural Science Collections Alliance submitted testimony to Congress in favor of increased funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The requested $7.5 billion would restore proposed cuts to research funding and enable continued investments in natural history collections.
NSF requested $7.255 billion in fiscal year 2015. At this level, biological research funding would be cut by $12.75 million, although significant new investments would be made in science education.
Congress is currently considering funding levels for the next fiscal year, which will start on 1 October 2014.