Washington D.C. (February 10, 2016) | Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) today spoke in favor of the Scientific Research in the National Interest Act (H.R. 3293), legislation that will ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer funding for federal research. Rep. Loudermilk is an original co-sponsor of the bill.
H.R. 3293 will ensure federal funds are used efficiently for scientific grants and projects at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill requires that each NSF public announcement of a grant award be accompanied by a non-technical explanation of the project’s scientific merits and how it serves the national interest. This written justification affirms NSF’s determination that a project is worthy of taxpayer support, based on scientific merit and national interest.
The Scientific Research in the National Interest Act passed the House by a vote of 236 to 178.