Several summaries are circulating today on the stimulus bill – these reports, out of the Speaker’s office, indicate Science did quite well. Specifically:
- Provides $3 billion for the National Science Foundation, for basic research in fundamental science and engineering – which spurs discovery and innovation.
- Provides $1.6 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds research in such areas as climate science, biofuels, high-energy physics, nuclear physics and fusion energy sciences – areas crucial to our energy future.
- Provides $400 million for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to support high-risk, high-payoff research into energy sources and energy efficiency in collaboration with industry.
- Provides $8.5 billion for NIH, including expanding good jobs in biomedical research to study diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, and heart disease.
- Provides $1 billion for NASA, including $400 million to put more scientists to work doing climate change research.
- Provides $1.5 billion for NIH to renovate university research facilities and help them compete for biomedical research grants.
However, as of 3ET, there seems to be a delay in an official release of the final bill, so it may be just a bit early to know if these numbers are final.
Also, Reps. Holt and Eshoo argue for that science spending is stimulus today in The Hill. Representative Holt is one of three Ph.D. physicists in the House.Tags: DOE, House of Representatives, NASA, NSF, Senate, stimulus