July 27, 2021
The massive increase in R&D funding authorized by both houses of Congress last week faces a foe that’s hobbled many an ambitious legislative agenda: House appropriators.
June 10, 2021
The Senate is poised to approve bipartisan legislation Tuesday afternoon that would invest billions to put the U.S. on more even footing with China on a range of emerging technology issues, including addressing the semiconductor shortage and funding critical research.
June 4, 2021
The US National Science Foundation appears set to receive a large funding increase and a new technology directorate in the near future—although just how much money will be involved remains to be worked out among the House of Representatives, Senate, and White House.
May 19, 2021
An expansive bill that would pour $120 billion into jump-starting scientific innovation by strengthening research into cutting-edge technologies is barreling through the Senate, amid a rising sense of urgency in Congress to bolster the United States’ ability to compete with China.
May 12, 2021
An effort in the Senate to ramp up federal support for U.S. research and development in the aim of better competing with China heads toward an initial vote on Wednesday, posing a test of lawmakers’ ability to bridge sharp partisan differences across most of the congressional agenda.
April 14, 2021
President Joe Biden’s first budget proposal, released in a preliminary form on 9 April, was well-received by the nation’s research community and science advocates. The new president’s request for fiscal year 2022, which begins on 1 October, includes a funding increase of more than $10 billion (£7.3 billion), or 20%, for the National Science Foundation (NSF), with $500 million of that going to climate and clean energy research. It would also create a new technology and innovation directorate at the fundamental science and engineering agency to help expedite technology development.
March 5, 2021
Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act to authorize nearly $25 billion in support to U.S. researchers who have been impacted by the pandemic.
February 2, 2021
In picking a science team of prominent researchers who have extensive knowledge of the federal government, President Joe Biden has signaled that science would play an elevated role in his administration. At a 16 January press conference, Biden formally introduced mathematician and geneticist Eric Lander to be both director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and his science adviser.
February 2, 2021
President Joe Biden has honed in on immigration reform as one of the keystone issues for his new administration, a move that has clear fans in the science community. On his first day in office, Biden issued several executive orders halting curbs on immigration instituted by former president Donald J. Trump.
January 21, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden on Friday nominated Eric Lander to be his science adviser and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy -- and also elevated the role of science adviser so that it will have cabinet rank.