NSF director: Tough years ahed for basic research


  • Susan Bucci Mockler


Addressing a small group of journalists on November 3 at the National Science Foundation's headquarters in Washington, D.C., director Neal Lane said that there will be some “tough years ahead for basic research.” He noted that NSF will continue to support the best scientific research it can find, but “there is never enough money to support good ideas.”

In an era of change, Lane indicated that NSF, too, is changing to meet these needs. The agency is seeking new ways of supporting scientific research, including more cooperative efforts with other federal agencies and with industry, the director said. But Lane also put more responsibility upon the individual scientist. “Researchers will have to think a little more expansively… and to look to other agencies,” he added.