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House Republicans Introduce Year-Long CR with Cuts to Research and Education Agencies

On Friday, February 11, House Republicans proposed legislation (H.R. 1) to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.  Republican leaders in the House have announced that the continuing resolution (CR) will cut $100 billion in federal spending from the President’s original request for the remainder of FY 2011.  This announcement came after an earlier proposal with a proposed $58 billion in cuts was scuttled due to pressure from the fiscal conservatives in the House.

Not all federal research and education agencies are treated equally in the CR, however most of these agencies would experience cuts below the President’s FY 2011 budget request, with some agencies receiving decreases below FY 2010.  Of the major extramural federal research and education programs, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the Department of Education (DoED) Pell Grant program, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were hit particularly hard. The House is expected to debate the bill this week with numerous amendments to be offered.  Below is a brief breakdown of the funding levels included in the CR for the National Science Foundation (NSF), DOE, the Department of Defense (DOD), and NIH. Read the rest of this entry »

National Research Council Committee on Research Universities Holds Second Meeting

On November 22, the National Research Council (NRC) convened the second meeting of the Committee on Research Universities.  The Committee is conducting a study requested by Congress in June 2009 to answer the question “What are the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others could take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century?”  During the three day meeting, the Committee heard from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), one of the congressional requesters of the report; several federal agency representatives including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Energy (DOE); and convened three different “focus groups” to discuss issues facing research universities. Read the rest of this entry »