Stimulus Bill Opportunities

Thursday, February 12, 2009

From: George J. Pappas
To: SEAS Faculty
Subject: Stimulus Deal - Research Wins!

Dear SEAS Faculty,

The details of the economic recovery package are making the rounds and there is good news for science all around. Below are some early details of the new deal between House and Senate:

  • Investing in Scientific Research (More than $15 Billion)
  • Provides $3 billion for the National Science Foundation, for basic research in fundamental science and engineering - which spurs discovery and innovation.
  • Provides $1.6 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Science, which funds research in such areas as climate science, biofuels, high-energy physics, nuclear physics and fusion energy sciences – areas crucial to our energy future.
  • Provides $400 million for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to support high-risk, high-payoff research into energy sources and energy efficiency in collaboration with industry.
  • Provides $580 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including the Technology Innovation Program and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
  • Provides $8.5 billion for NIH, including expanding good jobs in biomedical research to study diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, and heart disease.
  • Provides $1 billion for NASA, including $400 million to put more scientists to work doing climate change research.
  • Provides $1.5 billion for NIH to renovate university research facilities and help them compete for biomedical research grants.

George J. Pappas
Joseph Moore Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering
Deputy Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

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