60% of NSF funds directed to strategic research


  • Susan Bush


“Not less than 60% of the agency's annual program research activities should be strategic in nature.”—Senate Report 103-37

An important component of the annual appropriations process is the committee report accompanying a bill. Last week, Barbara Mikulski's (D-Md.) Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies submitted a report outlining its recommendations for the National Science Foundation. If implemented, the recommendations set forth in this report would have a very important bearing on the future of NSF. This language, while not having the force of law, is “the next best thing,” and is ignored only at peril.—Richard Jones, American Institute of Physics