Earlier today, the Task Force on American Innovation , of which AAU is a member, sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda D. Young urging them to increase investments in the National Institute for Standards and Technology in FY24. The letter urged Raimondo and Young to ensure that the Biden administration’s FY24 budget includes “funding at the levels authorized in the bipartisan NIST for the Future Act,” which was passed as part of the CHIPS and Science Act earlier this year.
The letter outlined how NIST drives economic growth and job creation through its Scientific and Technical Research and Services programs and through its manufacturing programs. The letter also highlighted NIST’s leadership role in developing industries of the future, cybersecurity standards, and advanced communications research. Appropriating funding at the levels included in the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, the letter noted, is necessary so NIST can continue to help the American economy grow and “expand and accelerate American research and development.”