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A $3 Billion Bonanza for NSF?
Officials at the National Science Foundation are still pinching themselves over the agency’s high profile in the $825 billion package of proposed tax cuts and new spending that Democrats introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. The basic research agency is slated to get a $3 billion temporary bump up–half its current $6 billion budget–to spend in the next 20 months on research, training, instrumentation, and infrastructure projects. If the money materializes, the challenge for NSF officials will be to avoid a boom-and-bust cycle like the one being endured by its much larger sister agency, the National Institutes of Health.