The current pandemic has underscored the critical need to increase public investment in
research and development.
The introduction of a bill that would expand the National Science Foundation (NSF) into
research in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and advanced
manufacturing is being applauded by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
The NSF would be renamed the National Science and Technology Foundation under the
Endless Frontiers Act.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated: “To ensure our advantage, our bill treats
scientific research as a national security priority and provides substantial new investments
into funding critical research and development to build the industries of the future in regions
across the country.”
The bill would add $100 billion into the agency over five years.