Environmental research should be high priority at National Science Foundation, Board says


  • Randy Showstack


Stating that the environment is a critical element of the knowledge base needed to live in a safe and prosperous world, the National Science Board (NSB) on July 29 said that environmental research, education, and scientific assessments should be one of the highest priorities of the National Science Foundation (NSF). To back up this effort, NSB, which is the governing body of NSR called for $1 billion in new federal funding over the next 5 years to supplement the approximately $600 million the foundation spends annually in these areas out of its $4 billion budget. Total federal investment in environmental research and development is approximately $5.3 billion annually