Support NSF

Would you like to be a student in the Research Experience for

Undergraduates program, a research assistant supported by a PI with a

grant, a graduate student benefiting from a fellowship, or a lucky PI

getting a grant? The larger NSF’s budget, the better your chances of

getting this kind of funding.

AIBS is helping to generate support for the National Science

Foundation’s funding in the next fiscal year.  NSF is the primary funder

for most basic ecological research, and for programs like Research

Experience for Undergraduates, and Research Experience for Teachers. The

AIBS Web site is an easy way for you to

write to your Senators to ask them to help support NSF’s budget. If you

hope to benefit from NSF funding next year, there’s incentive for you to


David Inouye

Congress has started debate on funding levels for federal programs for

fiscal year 2018. Please show your support for the National Science

Foundation (NSF) by writing to your Senators to ask them to sign a

letter in support of funding the agency at $8 billion in 2018.

NSF is the primary federal funding source for basic biological research

at our nation’s universities and colleges. The agency provides

approximately 68% of extramural federal support for non-medical,

fundamental biological and environmental research at academic institutions.

The proposed funding level of at least $8 billion would allow NSF to

expand support for early career researchers and to create new

interdisciplinary research programs. Moreover, this investment would

sustain existing research and education programs that are vital to U.S.


Please take a moment to ask your Senators to sign the NSF dear colleague

letter led by Senator Markey.