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 100–570 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 .
The President will unveil his budget request for the 2010 fiscal year on Thursday, Feb. 26.