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The Breaking Story:
House of Representatives leadership has moved quickly to increase
funding for key scientific and engineering agencies as part of the
latest economic stimulus package, now called the American
Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.A vote is expected as early as this
week, perehaps Thursday, January 22.
significant increases over FY 2009 Continuing Resolution amounts are
proposed for key science agencies.These include:
$3 billion for the National Science Foundation
$1.9 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of
million for the National Institute of Standards & Technology
Both the R&D and education provisions of
the new House initiative harmonize with President-elect Obama's
promise to enhance innovation by providing short-term stimulus
spending where it is needed, while providing a long-term basis for
economic growth.Click for details and then CLICK HERE for ASTRA's letter to
Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
·The new funding could easily create a “gold rush” for
science and technology funding.
·Funding priorities may only stimulate an increase in the supply
of intellectual “raw materials”.
·Economic stimulus proposals may push out funding without clearly
defined outcomes such as new product launches, improved value
propositions for raw IP and technology and captal targetted at
“high impact” SMEs, older companies that create the most
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