Funding Smithsonian Scientific Research

Funding Smithsonian Scientific Research

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This report assesses whether the Smithsonian Institution should continue to receive direct federal appropriations for its scientific research programs or if this funding should be transferred to a peer-reviewed program open to all researchers in another agency. The report concludes that the National Museum of Natural History, the National Zoological Park, and the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education in Suitland should remain exempt from having to compete for federal research dollars because they make unique contributions to the scientific and museum communities. Three other Smithsonian research programs should continue to receive federal funding since they are performing science of the highest quality and already compete for much of their government research money.Kenneth I. Kellermann is chief scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and a research professor at the University of Vir- ginia. He received an SB in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD inanbsp;...

Title:Funding Smithsonian Scientific Research
Author: Committee on Smithsonian Scientific Research, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2003-01-28

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