ASBMR 2011 Funding Update
Date: January 10, 2011
The United States Senate passed HR 3082, a "continuing resolution" (CR) to keep federal agencies operating until March 4, 2011. HR 3082 continues funding for nearly all federal agencies at fiscal year 2010 levels, with some exceptions. Review the CR summary.
America COMPETES Reauthorization Passes; Bill Awaits President Obama's Signature
The America COMPETES Act Reauthorization of 2010 was passed and provides a three-year reauthorization for key federal science agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy Office of Science (DoE SC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In addition, the revised bill creates a path to double authorized funding levels for scientific research agencies within ten years. Review the COMPETES Act Summary.
SBIR Set-Aside Increase Blocked
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has led a coalition of nearly 100 groups from research institutions, higher education associations, and patient advocacy organizations to fight attempts to increase the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) "set-aside", noting that it would redirect a larger portion of science agency budgets away from competitive peer-reviewed basic research at a time when future funding levels for research are uncertain. The current authority for the SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs expires on January 31, 2011 and it is likely that the next U.S. Congress will try again to renew both programs. FASEB will continue to oppose any attempt to increase the "set-aside" and urge legislators to work with the Obama Administration to increase funding for all research, thereby increasing the total investment in SBIR.