WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition (TSC) today issued the following statement after the Senate Committee on Appropriations’ action for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 appropriations on Energy and Water Development, which includes funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science:

“Steady and sustained funding increases are necessary to conduct innovative research across the physical sciences, from physics and chemistry to computer science and engineering, each spearheaded by the DOE. As our international competitors pick up steam, we are pleased to see Senate appropriators work to position the United States at the forefront of these efforts,” said TSC President Laura Kolton. “We commend them for proposing increased year-over-year funding for the DOE’s Office of Science, which would provide welcome consistency in the research ecosystem, support the pipeline of STEM talent at universities and our national laboratories, and nurture a robust catalogue of foundational knowledge. We urge the House of Representatives to follow suit.”

A recent nationwide poll conducted by The Science Coalition found the American public overwhelmingly supports increase federal investment in fundamental research, and a majority of voters believe scientific investment should increase annually.


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.