Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Mark Becker today released the following statement on the Biden administration’s Fiscal Year 2024 President’s Budget Request.
“The public university community applauds the administration’s proposal to boost investment in higher education and research. These proposed investments would increase access to quality and affordable higher education and bolster funding for pathbreaking research that saves lives, drives innovation, and improves living standards.
“We appreciate the president’s proposal to boost the maximum Pell Grant award by $820 as part of efforts to #DoublePell by 2029. We also appreciate the administration’s efforts to provide strong funding to the National Science Foundation, including $1.2 billion in funding for its Directorate for Technology to help vault discoveries made in the lab into the commercial marketplace. We’re also pleased to see increased investment in American manufacturing through the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and Manufacturing Extension Partnership to support cutting-edge manufacturing. Robust investment in a skilled workforce and scientific innovation is vital to U.S. global competitiveness.
“With global competition continuing to grow, particularly in the scientific arena, it’s critical that Congress back proposed research investments in the CHIPS and Science Act with real dollars that drive American innovation. While we look forward to examining the full budget request in further detail, we applaud the administration for proposing significant increased investment in the higher education and research that are the backbone of American innovation.”