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Optical Design & Engineering

House panel approves 14-percent increase for NSF

The National Science Foundation would receive an additional $830-million for the 2009 fiscal year under a spending bill passed June 12 by a U.S. House of Representatives panel.

The extra funds, approved by the Appropriations subcommittee with authority over the NSF and NASA, among other agencies, would represent a 13.67-percent increase over the 2008 budget of the science foundation. With this proposal, the subcommittee aims to put the agency's budget back on track to double in seven years, as planned in the America Competes Act.

Full story from the Chronicle of Higher Education.