The Society for Science at User Research Facilities joined the Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) as a co-signer to this statement to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy Arati Prabhakar.
The ESC is a broad-based coalition of organizations representing scientists, engineers and mathematicians in universities, industry and national laboratories who are committed to supporting and advancing the scientific research programs of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in particular, the DOE Office of Science.
November 7, 2023 (excerpt)
Dear Secretary Granholm, Director Young, and Director Prabhakar,
As you prepare the fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget request to Congress, the Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) urges you to request no less than $9.5 billion for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. This level of funding is consistent with the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act which authorized research and infrastructure activities at the DOE Office of Science. We recognize the constrained budget environment, but now is the time to double down on fundamental research programs and build worldleading research facilities to maintain U.S. competitiveness, drive economic growth, and build the nextgeneration workforce.
There is universal agreement that the United States must maintain its leadership in science, technology and innovation, and the DOE Office of Science plays a pivotal and leading role in addressing this country’s energy, national security, and environmental challenges. The DOE Office of Science is also uniquely positioned to advance all seven of the Biden Administration’s FY 2025 research and development priorities outlined in the August 17 memo to federal agencies, especially advancing trustworthy artificial intelligence technologies, maintaining global security and stability by developing critical emerging technologies, tackling climate change through clean energy technology innovation to meet net zero greenhouse gas emission goals by 2050, driving regional development and job creation, and reducing barriers to STEM education and for emerging research institutions.
As the nation’s primary sponsor of physical sciences research, the DOE Office of Science plays a vital role in the American scientific ecosystem – a proven model for success in discovery and innovation. The Office of Science sponsors research programs vital to American prosperity and security at research universities and national laboratories and helps maintain the U.S. pipeline of science and engineering talent. The Office of Science is also unique among federal science agencies, supporting the network of 17 DOE national laboratories—a competitive advantage for the nation’s research and innovation ecosystem— and directly stewarding ten of them. The Office of Science also builds and operates the most sophisticated, world-class scientific user facilities used by universities, industry and other federal agencies.