By Jeffrey Mervis Feb. 22, 2021 , 9:00 AM The National Science Foundation (NSF) could receive an additional $600 million as part of the massive coronavirus pandemic relief bill moving through Congress this week. The money is not mentioned in the $1.9 trillion plan being taken up today by the Budget committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. But Science Insider has learned that it is expected to be added to the legislation before the full House votes on the package later this week. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) would get a one-time budget increase of $150 million. The money comes from a $750-million allocation made available to the House science committee, led by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), for programs under its jurisdiction. Under the terms of the overall relief package, the two agencies would be required to use the one-time bonanza to help the nation recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic, including damage to its science and technology enterprise. At NSF, whose current budget is $8.2 billion, the new money is likely to be spent on more research in pandemic-related topics as well as more support for educating the next generation of scientists… Read full this story
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