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Lawmakers Renew Commitment to Science Spending, Despite Budget-Deficit Fears

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The U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee has agreed to support a measure that would renew authorization for the America Competes Act, which sets funding levels for research and development at the main federal science agencies. The National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive $7.5 billion in fiscal year 2011, and $10.2 billion in 2015, according to the plan. The Energy Department's Office of Science would receive $5.2 billion in 2011 and $6.9 billion in 2015.

"These authorization levels are lower than I would like them to be, but I believe they are practical," says committee chairman Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.).

The committee's plan also would push the NSF to find ways to promote more groundbreaking innovations, including the creation of a $12 million program of cash prizes for solving important questions of basic research in science and engineering.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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