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Policy Update: The Stimulus Act and NSF funding

The following policy update is excerpted from FYI # 16 S&T Funding in the Stimulus Act
Full text can be found at http://www.aip.org/fyi/2009/016.html

"Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As previously outlined in FYI #15 (http://www.aip.org/fyi/2009/015.html) the bill provides billions of dollars in new funding for science programs."

Below we provide information related to the National Science Foundation

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
"NSF is directed to submit to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations a spending plan, signed by the Director, detailing its intended allocation of funds provided in this Act within 60 days of enactment of this Act."

RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
"For research and related activities, the conference agreement provides a total of $2,500,000,000, to remain available until September 30,2010. Within this amount, $300,000,000 shall be available solely for the major research instrumentation program and $200,000,000 shall be available for In allocating the resources provided under this heading, the conferees direct that NSF support all research divisions and support advancements in supercomputing technology."

EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES
"The conference agreement includes $100,000,000 for education and human resources, to remain available until September 30, 2010. These funds shall be allocated as follows: Robert Noyce Scholarship Program: $60,000,000 Math and Science Partnerships: $25,000,000 Professional Science Master's Programs: $15,000,000"

MAJOR RESEARCH EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION
"The conference agreement includes $400,000,000 for major research equipment and facilities construction, to remain available until September 30, 2010."

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
"The conference agreement includes $2,000,000 for the Office of Inspector General, to remain available until September 30, 2013."