Bush administration proposes criteria for basic research programs



Concerns about a tight economy, an increasing number of Congressional earmarks for research and development, and a desire to better justify the spending of taxpayer dollars on research has led the Bush administration to propose preliminary criteria for federal basic research programs.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) presented the proposal with its three broad principles—quality, relevance, and performance—at an overflow meeting at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on 27 February.