5/1/2013

Draft legislation spearheaded by House science committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, would allow National Science Foundation grants only for research that advances "the national health, prosperity or welfare"; promotes the "progress of science" to secure the nation's defense; solves problems or answers questions "of utmost importance to society at large"; and does not duplicate funding from any other federal entity. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, the top Democrat on the committee, said the proposal compromises the merit review process and the NSF's basic research mission. President Barack Obama said in a speech at the National Academy of Sciences' annual meeting that science must remain independent and the "rigorous peer review system" currently in place must be protected.

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