WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition (TSC) today presented U.S. Representative Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) with the 2019 Champion of Science Award, which honors members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect their commitment to fundamental science through funding investment for federal research agencies and their partners at America’s research universities.

“It is humbling to receive the Champion of Science award,” said Representative Mike Simpson. “Throughout my years on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, I’ve had a front seat to witnessing the incredible things that our nation’s scientists are working on at the Department of Energy. I am grateful that I’ve been in a position to support and further the cutting-edge research that has and will continue to yield the world’s most important scientific breakthroughs.”

“Over his two decades in Congress, Rep. Simpson has been a stalwart for science funding,” said Heather Bené, President of The Science Coalition. “His leadership has been instrumental in achieving record funding for federal science agencies, which partner with the nation’s research universities to advance American innovation and technology. For his constituents in Idaho and for researchers at universities across the country, Rep. Simpson’s dedication to providing robust, predictable investment for research agencies and our national labs makes him a true Champion of Science.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Champion of Science Award. Since 1999, more than 90 members of Congress have been recognized for their efforts to secure federal funding for fundamental scientific research at American universities — through their voting records, bill sponsorships, letters of support, and other activities that advance scientific discovery and innovation.


About the Science Coalition

Established in 1994, The Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation, and drive the United States’ global competitiveness.