EPA External Research Grants Program faces steep budget cuts


  • Randy Showstack


The Bush administration—s proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency's research grants program, Science to Achieve Results (STAR),came under criticism at a hearing of the Science Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards of the U.S. House of Representatives. The hearing was held 11 March.

Subcommittee members and several witnesses said that a proposed $36 million cut to the STAR'S fiscal year 2005 budget—compared to the FY2004 proposed budget—is too steep. They said the proposed $65-million budget—which would be a cut of more than 30% from the previous fiscal year—would harm the program, as well as the agency's ability to receive outside research advice on a range of cutting-edge environmental issues. Funding for STAR graduate fellowships also would be cut by $3.1 million, compared to the enacted level for FY2004.