Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

November 23, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office


The House Science Committee introduced the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act on November 19th. The bill includes provisions intended to stimulate R&D on advanced nuclear reactor designs at the national laboratories and in academia, as well as in the private sector. (Source: House Science Committee)


The NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) reported that federal support for R&D at universities saw its third straight year of decline in FY2014. This is the longest multiyear decline since NCSES began this survey in 1972. (Source: National Science Foundation)


The U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act passed the House on November 16th. The legislation extends the operation of the International Space Station from 2020 through 2024 and has provisions about safety regulations for commercial space flight. Another provision grants rights to mineral extraction from asteroids, the moon, and other objects. The final bill is a compromise with the House and Senate and awaits the President’s signature. ((Source: Space News)

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