WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition (TSC) today released the following statement after Congress voted to pass the CHIPS and Science Act, sending it to President Biden for signature:
“After months of negotiation on a bipartisan, bicameral competitiveness package, it is thrilling to see the CHIPS and Science Act cross the finish line. By authorizing nearly $170 billion in funding for research agencies over five years and appropriating funding for semiconductor R&D, this legislation will ensure the next century of science and innovation reflects our nation’s capacity for ingenuity, builds an inclusive and diverse STEM workforce, and keeps the U.S. at the forefront of discovery,” said TSC President Peter DeYoe. “Already, the Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and National Science Foundation are conducting groundbreaking research in partnership with research universities on next-generation technologies, and the CHIPS and Science Act builds on this strong foundation and affirms that this work is a cornerstone of our future prosperity.
“This bill is an exciting first step, and to fulfill its promise, Congress must use these authorizations to provide robust, consistent, and predictable year-over-year increases for federally funded research through annual appropriations in addition to allocating new money to launch new programs the measure creates. We urge leaders in both chambers – particularly our Champions of Science – to keep up the momentum and fully fund this historic legislation.”
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 America’s global competitiveness.