Friday, 12 June 1987 Washington, DC
A UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FACILITIES INITIATIVE IN THE SENATE
Until recently there was no comparable initiative on the Senate side, but an amendment sponsored by Sen. Dodd (D-CT), bearing the identical title and statement of purpose as the Roe bill, was included in the FY 88 NSF authorization last week by the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. The Dodd amendment, however, approaches the problem adiabatically, authorizing only $1M in FY 88 for setting up the machinery at NSF, rising to $47M for FY 89 and $95M for FY 90. The gradual increase reflects the commitment to doubling the NSF budget over the next five years, thus avoiding the need to tax existing research programs to pay for facilities rehabilitation.
Under the terms of the truce between the Senate Labor and Commerce Committees, who squabbled over jurisdiction of the NSF for years (WN 4 Oct 85), the Dodd amendment must now be taken up by Commerce. Its reception there is uncertain. Senators from "have not" states are suspicious of the merit review provisions of the bill, in spite of a 15% set-aside for institutions receiving less than $10M per year in federal research funds. And even Sen. Pete Wilson (R-CA), whose state leads the "haves," continues to find faults in an NSF merit review process that awarded an earthquake research center to Buffalo (WN 3 Oct 86).
. A FULL DAY OF HEARINGS ON SUPERCONDUCTIVITY
3. A FEDERAL CONFERENCE ON COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
Bob Park can be reached via email at email@example.com
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND