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Bush signs supplemental science funding

President Bush has signed a supplemental appropriations bill that Congress gave final passage in late June. It includes $400 million in "emergency funding" for science, broken down as follows:

  • National Institutes of Health: $150 million, which "shall be used to support additional scientific research," to be distributed on a pro-rata basis across the NIH institutes and centers.
  • Department of Energy: $62.5 million, to eliminate all furloughs and reductions in force resulting from budgetary constraints. The funding is intended to maintain technical capability at the Office of Science.
  • Department of Energy: $62.5 million, for Defense environmental cleanup.
  • National Science Foundation: $62.5 million, with $40 million allocated for education and human resources, and $22.5 million for research and related activities.
  • NASA: $62.5 million for "Science, Aeronautics and Exploration."

"This funding will help avert layoffs and job losses at our national labs and boost research and teacher training programs that are critical to our nation's competitiveness," said House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN).

Originally part of a war funding measure, the domestic appropriations including the science funding were considered as a separate bill to accommodate Democrats who refused to approve any more funds for the war in Iraq. The measure passed the House, 416-12, and the Senate approved House amendments to the Senate-passed version to send the measure to the White House.

More information:

As research funds stagnate, science in a state of "crisis" (Newark Star-Ledger)
Gordon Praises Science and Education Funding in Supplemental Appropriations Bill (press release)
Bill summary from the American Institute of Physics
A Good Week for Science (Science magazine)