The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 was introduced on Monday by Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. The FIRST Act is a reauthorization of the National Science Foundation and several other federal science agencies. The bill will be marked up by the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee tomorrow morning.
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology opposes this bill. Starting with the High-Quality Research Act through the original version of the FIRST Act, the Society has had several serious concerns about the effects of this legislation on the activities of the NSF. While the current version of the FIRST Act is improved over previous versions, significant flaws remain and the Society cannot endorse this bill.
For more, you can read ASBMB’s statement responding to the FIRST Act. And for further updates, follow the ASBMB Policy Blotter!