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HR 3293 - Scientific Research in the National Interest Act - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (236-178) - (Key vote)

Title: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires a research grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to be in the national interest.

Highlights:
  • Requires the National Science Foundation to award federal grants for basic research and education in the sciences only if the grant meets the following criteria (Sec. 2):
    • The grant is in the national interest;
    • The grant is “worthy” of federal funding;
    • The grant is consistent with the definition of basic research;
    • The grant is consistent with widely accepted scientific methods; and
    • The grant promotes the progress of science in the United States.
  • Specifies that a grant is in the national interest if it meets the following criteria (Sec. 2):
    • The grant supports national defense;
    • The grant advances health and welfare;
    • The grant increase public scientific literacy;
    • The grant increases economic competitiveness; or
    • The grant develops an American STEM workforce.
  • Specifies that the provisions of this bill do not alter the National Science Foundation’s intellectual merit or broader impacts criteria for evaluating grant applications (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act

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