Budget Information for the NSF

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May 13, 1996

Your help is needed to persuade Congress to fully fund the National Science Foundation's research and education programs.

During the contentious FY 1996 budget cycle, the NSF budget request was cut by $140 million to an amount less than it received in FY 1995. We can do better than that in FY 1997 if more Members of Congress hear from their constituents about the value of NSF's investments.

Please write or call the legislators from your state, urge them to support full funding for the NSF, and let them know how valuable NSF support for research and education is, especially to your institution and your state.

Last week, Arthur Jaffe, President-Elect of the American Mathematical Society, testified on behalf of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics before the House appropriations subcommittee responsible for NSF. By contacting your legislators soon, you will help reinforce the message that NSF's support for research and education in the mathematical sciences is an important investment in the future. Details on NSF's budget request and an excerpt from JPBM's tesitimony are appended below to help you in writing letters. If possible, include information on NSF-supported projects at your institution.

Lists of the members of the cognizant subcommittees are also appended. If your legislators are not on these panels, ask that they express their support for the NSF to those who are. Please share this information with your colleagues or ask them to co-sign your letter. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Lisa Thompson, JPBM Congressional Liaison
202/234-9570, 202/462-7877 FAX, jpbm@math.umd.edu


(in millions, current dollars)            estimate    request
                                 FY 95      FY 96      FY 97
Research and Related
   Activities                   2281.5     2314.0     2472.0*
Education and Human
   Resources                     611.9      599.0      619.0
Academic Research
   Infrastructure                117.5      100.0        0
Major Research Equipment         126.0       70.0       95.0
administrative expenses          133.5      137.0      139.0

TOTAL, NSF                      3270.3     3220.0     3325.0

*includes $50 million for the academic instrumentation program that was
 previously funded from the Academic Research Infrastructure account.

As part of the FY 1997 request for Research and Related Activities, the
Division of Mathematical Sciences) would get $91.56 million, an increase of
about 8 percent over its FY 1996 budget.

Within the Education and Human Resources account, the Division of
Undergraduate Education would get $92.43 million, an increase of nearly
11 percent over FY 1996.

From JPBM's Testimony on the FY 1997 NSF Budget Request

The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics urges you to provide full funding for the National Science Foundation's research and education programs. We believe that the national impact of these programs warrants the small, 3.3 percent increase the NSF has requested for FY 1997.

Support for research and education in mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering ranks among the most productive investments Congress can make in the future of our country. The mathematicians, scientists, and engineers supported by the NSF today develop new ideas and make new discoveries which become the building blocks for our society and for our economy tomorrow. The United States spends less as a percentage of GDP on civilian research than our major competitors. The federal government remains the major source of support for fundamental research, as the private sector continues to emphasize short-term payoffs over building long-term strength.

Working with less than 5 percent of the total federal R&D budget, the NSF plays a central role in the funding for fundamental advances in mathematics, science, and engineering and assumes major responsibility for many critical components of science and technology. The NSF is the only federal agency that supports basic research across the broad spectrum of traditional fields underlying our leading position in science and technology. In doing so, it also facilitates bridging the interfaces between different scientific disciplines. The NSF works diligently toward the achievement of excellence in education in science, mathematics, and engineering, and it is strengthening its programs to promote the integration of research and education at U.S. universities. Furthermore, the NSF pursues partnerships and encourages the participation of other federal agencies, of the states, and of industry in its activitiesoethereby leveraging its comparatively small budget.

The NSF supports only the most promising ideas for research among the many fine proposals that emerge from the Nation's colleges and universities. Furthermore it provides a key to our future predominance in science by encouraging our most brilliant and original undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students to pursue productive scientific careers. For these reasons, the NSF is particularly deserving of the limited funds which you have to distribute.


Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Alabama        Richard C. Shelby         224-5744   224-3416
Alaska         Ted Stevens               224-3004
Colorado       Ben Nighthorse Campbell   224-5852   228-1933
Louisiana      J. Bennett Johnston       224-5824   224-2952
Maryland       Barbara A. Mikulski       224-4654   224-8858
Missouri     * Christopher S. Bond       224-5721   224-8149
Montana        Conrad Burns              224-2644   224-8594
Nebraska       Robert Kerrey             224-6551   224-7645
New Jersey     Frank R. Lautenberg       224-4744   224-9707
Utah           Robert F. Bennett         224-5444
Vermont        Patrick J. Leahy          224-4242   224-3595

House Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

CA (Redlands)       * Jerry Lewis             225-5861   225-6498
MI (Farmington Hls)   Joe Knollenberg         225-5802   226-2356
NJ (Morristown)       Rodney Frelinghuysen    225-5034   225-3168
NV (Reno)             Barbara Vucanovich      225-6155   225-2319
NY (Auburn)           James T. Walsh          225-3701   225-4042
OH (Lancaster)        David L. Hobson         225-4324   225-1984
OH (Toledo)           Marcy Kaptur            225-4146   225-7711
OH (Cleveland)        Louis Stokes            225-7032   225-1339
TX (Sulphur Sprgs)    Jim Chapman             225-3035   225-7265
TX (Stafford)         Tom DeLay               225-5951   225-5241
WI (Racine)           Mark W. Neumann         225-3031   225-3393
WV (Morgantown)       Alan B. Mollohan        225-4172   225-7564

*chair of subcommittee
first number is phone, second number is fax, use area code 202
check  or  to see if your
        legislators have email addresses

Address letters to the chairs:
  The Honorable ...
  Chair, Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies
  Committee on Appropriations
  US Senate / US House of Representatives
  Washington, DC  20510 (for Senate) / 20515 (for House)
  Dear Mr. Chairman:

Address letters to all other members:
  The Honorable ...
  US Senate / US House of Representatives
  Washington, DC  20510 (for Senate) / 20515 (for House)
  Dear Senator / Congressman / Congresswoman ...

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