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NSF Congressional Highlight
Economic Recovery Measure Becomes Law; Provides $3 Billion to NSF for Investments in Science and Engineering

February 23, 2009

On Feb. 17, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Public Law 111-5). The economic recovery measure provides NSF with an additional $2.5 billion for research and related activities, of which $300 million is available "solely for the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program" and $200 million is for "activities authorized by title II of Public Law 100570 for academic research facilities modernization." The law provides $100 million for education and human resources, $400 million for Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction, and $2 million for the Office of the Inspector General. The full text of the measure is available at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h1enr.pdf .

View the statement by NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More information about NSF and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is here.

The President will unveil his budget request for the 2010 fiscal year on Thursday, Feb. 26.

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