11 March 2019


The Optical Society Expresses Deep Concern for Cuts to Science in U.S. President’s FY 2020 Budget Request

Trump Administration proposal would threaten U.S. science enterprise

The Optical Society (OSA) expresses deep concern about proposed budget cuts for scientific research in the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget request. These massive proposed budget cuts, ranging from 12% at the National Science Foundation to up to 30% at the National Institute of Standards & Technology, would severely damage the competitiveness of the U.S. science enterprise, including optics and photonics research, for many years to come should they be enacted.

 “At a time when other nations are moving forward with critical high technology research investments, the Administration’s proposed budget cuts for science risk ceding U.S. leadership across a wide range of basic and applied research,” said 2019 OSA President Ursula Gibson. “We strongly urge Congress to increase funding for science and reaffirm the nation’s commitment to a robust domestic science enterprise. History shows that U.S. government support for basic research is fundamental to our economic development, our health and overall standard of living and our national security.”

About The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.

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