—National Science Board Warns That Pending Bill Could Damage National Science Foundation Peer Review “Board says the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science & Technology (FIRST) Act could impose significant constraints on NSF” In a rare response to pending legislation, the National Science Board has warned that a bill before the House of Representatives Science, Space & Technology Committee could damage the National Science Foundation. The science board is the governing body of NSF. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science & Technology (FIRST) Act (H.R. 4186) would require an NSF official to personally affirm that grant awards are in the national interest. Additionally, it would give Congress more direct control over funding for individual NSF directorates. Introduced in March, the bill is currently pending before the Science Committee. This legislation, the science board cautions, could end up discouraging visionary grant proposals or the pursuit of transformative science. “Some of its provisions and tone suggest that Congress intends to impose constraints that would compromise NSF’s ability to fulfill its statutory purpose,” the science board said in a statement.
by Andrea Widener |
May 02, 2014