Created by on 4/8/2011 12:00:00 AM

Earlier this month the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted written testimony to two key Senate Appropriations Subcommittees. The statements present FASEB’s recommendations for fiscal year (FY) 2012 funding increases for the Department of Energy Office of Science (DoE SC) and the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FASEB’s submission to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water requested an FY 2012 budget of $5.10 billion for DoE SC and described how the agency’s research advances human health, creates economic opportunities, and strengthens national security by reducing U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources. The importance of DoE SC large-scale user facilities to the work of university and industry researchers nationwide was also highlighted, in addition to examples of groundbreaking discoveries recently made by DoE SC-funded scientists.
FASEB’s testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture requested an FY 2012 budget of $500 million for AFRI and explained how the program’s coordination of research, education, and extension activities addresses pressing societal challenges while expanding fundamental scientific knowledge. Examples of AFRI projects with implications for food security and human health were also provided, including studies to develop frost-resistant wheat crops and research to understand the biological mechanisms of food poisoning and weight gain.