Research Funding Letter

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April 24, 2007
The Honorable David R. Obey                                  The Honorable Jerry Lewis
Chairman, Appropriations Committee                       Ranking Member, Appropriations Committee
U.S. House of Representatives                                 U.S. House of Representatives



Dear Chairman Obey & Ranking Member Lewis:

On behalf of the business, research university, and science and engineering communities, we urge
you to fund, inFiscal Year 2008 (FY08), the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science at $4.4
billion, the National ScienceFoundation (NSF) at $6.43 billion, and the National Institute of
Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Scientific andTechnical Research and Services (STRS) at $504
million, all of which are consistent with the priorities in theHouse and Senate Budget Resolutions
and the President’s FY08 request. Funding these amounts would signal thatthe United States values
basic research as a key component of an innovation economy and that Congress remainscommitted to
strengthening U.S. competitiveness in today’s global economy.

These increases are part of a long-term goal to double funding for these three agencies that are
critical for physicalsciences and engineering research, a goal that is included in the congressional
innovation agendas of leaders forboth political parties and the President’s American Competitiveness
Initiative. In addition, the 2005 NationalAcademies report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm,"
which focuses on the innovation challenges the UnitedStates faces in the global arena, recommends
doubling the budgets of physical sciences research as a means toaddress the grave concern "that the
scientific and technical building blocks of our economic leadership are erodingat a time when many
other nations are gathering strength."

During the last five decades alone, the contributions of physical science and engineering research
to U.S. security,economic growth, productivity, and health have been extraordinary. Transistors,
integrated circuits, lasers, CTscanners, MRI, arthroscopy, stealth aircraft, wirelesscommunications,
global positioning system, iPods, and flatpanel displays are just a few examples. With federal
spending for physical sciences and engineering research as apercentage of GDP at only half of its
1970 value, the United States is less equipped than it should be to tackle theenergy, security, and
economic challenges that the country faces in the 21st century.

By fully funding the DOE Office of Science, NSF and NIST, Congress would put the United States on
a path to re-energize the innovation economy that has so benefited our country. Furthermore, this
federally funded research,much of which takes place at U.S. universities, enables our universities
and graduate schools to attract and trainAmerica’s next generation of scientists and engineers.


AeA (American Electronics Association)              Intel Corporation
American Chemical Society                               Materials Research Society
American Physical Society                                Microsoft
Association of American Universities                  NASULGC, A Public University Association
Association for Computing Machinery, U.S.         National Association of Manufacturers
Policy Committee                                             National Council for Advanced
                                                                      Manufacturing    (NACFAM)
ASTRA, The Alliance for Science                        Northrop Grumman Corporation
& Technology Research in America                    Optoelectronics Industry Development Association
Battelle                                                          Procter & Gamble
Business-Higher Education Forum                     Science Coalition
CompTIA                                                        Semiconductor Industry Association
Computing Research Association                      Southeastern Universities Research Association
IBM Corporation                                             Texas Instruments
IEEE-USA                                                       New York Structural Biology Center

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