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Nobel Laureates Write to Senate and House Members About House Authorization Bill for the National Science Foundation

In May, 31 recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine, many of whom are members of the IOM and the NAS, wrote to key members of relevant committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to express concern about the action taken by the House to authorize funding for the National Science Foundation to specific directorates rather than to NSF’s Research and Related Activities Account.  In doing so, the House authorized a $1.2 billion annual appropriation to the Geosciences Directorate for the next two fiscal years, a $100 million reduction in funding for the Geosciences Directorate.  It also authorized an annual budget of $150 million for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate, a $100 million reduction from the current year.  The letter calls on the House Appropriations Committee and the U.S. Senate to modify the House bill to refrain from making such allocations to individual NSF directorates.

Two examples of the letters and the list of 31 Nobel Laureates are attached.  Since the letters were first sent, a total of 43 Laureates have signed the letter. The updated list is also attached for your information. 

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