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NSF & Congress

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806): Impact on the National Science Foundation

May 7, 2015

U.S. Capitol NSF serves the national interest by adhering to the mission of its original authorizing act of 1950: "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; to secure the national defense." H.R. 1806 (Section 102) recognizes that "the Foundation has made major contributions for more than 60 years to strengthen and sustain the Nation's academic research enterprise" and "carries out important functions by supporting basic research in all science and engineering disciplines and in supporting STEM education at all levels."

It has been widely anticipated that a new authorizing act would enable actions to enhance the nation's competitiveness through science and innovation. In fact, H.R. 1806 provides findings that support the major ingredients to achieve this--including interdisciplinary research, international partnerships, and the enhancement of a STEM workforce. Yet the specific actions H.R. 1806 proposes contradict these findings.



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