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President Signs Into Law NSF Budget for 1997

November 1996

NSF's research programs were given a boost when President Clinton signed into law on September 27 the fiscal year 1997 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies appropriations bill.

NSF will receive $3.27 billion for 1997 under the new legislation, a modest 2 percent increase--or $50 million--above the 1996 total. However, House and Senate conferees ironing out details on the final bill agreed to a $118 million (5.1 percent) hike in the agency's research and related activities.

The measure signed by the President also provides $50 million for large-scale academic research instrumentation, plus $1.4 million in contingency funds for the Gemini project's expected tariff requirements.

NSF received its requested amount for education programs: $619 million for 1997. Conferees redirected some of the requested funds, including $10 million added to informal science education specifically targeted to the agency's systemic education reform efforts.

The bill assures continuity in NSF's programs to start the new fiscal year. Last fall, budget turmoil was caused by delays in passage of several 1996 appropriations bills and government shutdowns. NSF's programs were directly affected by the various delays.

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