According to Jeff Mervis in Science today,
Last week, a Senate committee declared the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to be “the finest science foundation in the world.”
Nice. Even nicer is the Senate appropriations committee giving the Foundation a 6.2% budget boost over FY10 levels. And even nicer was the House counterpart recommending the entire 7.2% increase requested by the Administration, for an NSF FY11 budget of $7.4 billion.
Of course, who knows when appropriations bills will be signed and what might happen in the meantime, but I’m glad the NSF is starting out from a good position at least. The new broader impact criteria, I’m less excited about …