On 19 March, NSC Alliance submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. The testimony was in support of funding the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.373 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2013. This funding level would represent a 4.8 percent increase for the agency over the FY 2012 enacted budget.
The testimony highlighted the contributions of NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) to science, education, and research infrastructure. In addition to supporting the increase for research funding for BIO, the testimony urges Congress to support the $10 million requested for digitization of biological collections and to restore the proposed $4 million cut to the Collections in Support of Biological Research program.