OSA Applauds Science Funding Levels Proposed in Obama Administration’s FY 2014 Budget

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Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA Applauds Science Funding Levels Proposed in Obama Administration’s FY 2014 Budget

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2013—The Optical Society (OSA) released a statement in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding levels proposed today by U.S. President Barack Obama for science-related agencies. The proposed budget would fund federal research and development programs at levels consistent with, or slightly above, spending levels from FY 2012 and 2013 including: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $754 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), $5 billion for the Department of Energy Office of Science, and $2.9 billion for the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The budget also includes requests for new science and technology programs, including $1 billion for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and $100 million for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.
OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan testified last month before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to call for sustained federal investments in research and development (R&D) funding for the FY 2014 NSF and NIST budgets. In addition, as part of the annual Congressional Visits Day, OSA Members visited Capitol Hill last month to speak with lawmakers about science and engineering policy issues and the related economic benefits.
Rogan released the following statement:
“OSA has long been an advocate for sustained federal investments in research and development programs at U.S. science agencies, including the NSF, NIST, and the Department of Energy's Office of Science. Sustained R&D funding is vital to lay the foundation that our industry needs to innovate, produce and market the next generation of cutting-edge technology products and services. Investments in science and technology fuel economic growth, and the optics and photonics industry in particular is a leading source of high-quality advanced manufacturing jobs.
“In addition to advocating for funding, OSA, along with a number of other professional scientific societies, is actively supporting the engagement of U.S. government, industry, and academia in the design and oversight of R&D and related programs through the creation of a National Photonics Initiative (NPI). The NPI, serving as an umbrella organization, could help direct resources to where they are most needed. This important initiative came as a recommendation from the landmark report issued by the National Academy of Sciences on the current state of optical sciences and goals for the future – Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation.
“We applaud the administration for supporting investments in R&D and urge the same of the U.S. Congress.”
To learn more, visit the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Overview page on the White House website.

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Uniting more than 180,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.