2009/01/16

Science Stimulus 2009 (draft)

From Cosmic Variance's post, here's the relevant information from the US House $825 billion, two-year stimulus plan:

National Science Foundation
  • $3 billion, including $2 billion for expanding employment opportunities in fundamental science and engineering to meet environmental challenges and to improve global economic competitiveness
  • $400 million to build major research facilities that perform cutting edge science
  • $300 million for major research equipment shared by institutions of higher education and other scientists
  • $200 million to repair and modernize science and engineering research facilities at the nation’s institutions of higher education and other science labs
  • $100 million is also included to improve instruction in science, math and engineering.
Department of Energy
  • $1.9 billion for basic research into the physical sciences including high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences and improvements to DOE laboratories and scientific facilities
  • $400 million is for the Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy to support high-risk, high-payoff research into energy sources and energy efficiency.
NASA
  • $600 million, including $400 million to put more scientists to work doing climate change research, including Earth science research recommended by the National Academies, satellite sensors that measure solar radiation critical to understanding climate change, and a thermal infrared sensor to the Landsat Continuing Mapper necessary for water management, particularly in the western states
  • $150 million for research, development, and demonstration to improve aviation safety and Next Generation air traffic control (NextGen)
  • $50 million to repair NASA centers damaged by hurricanes and floods last year.