Sidebar:Federal Research Funding

Though many express general satisfaction with allocations, some observers warn of tough funding battles ahead
The 1995 federal budget process has produced its traditional share of beneficiaries and victims, champions and critics. Some, for example, are heartened by a 14 percent funding increase for the National Science Foundation, while others view a modest budget raise for the National Institutes of Health as woefully inadequate.

In general, many officials of scientific associations and other science-policy watchers are expressing satisfaction with this year's congressional appropriations for research funding.

Several other observers, however, see in this and other recent budget go-rounds indications that do not bode well for the future. They caution that the U.S. research community will need to redouble its lobbying efforts and push for sustained support in the next budget year, in view of increasingly tight caps on federal discretionary spending.

Rep. George E. Brown, Jr....

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