Below are current issues and communications developed to help advance the policy goals of the materials community.

Provide robust funding for the Defense Science and Technology (S&T) and Defense Basic Research programs »

Letter from the Coalition for National Security Research to the US Congressional Appropriations Committees Leadership urging support for increased funding levels for 6.1 basic research. (November 2015)

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Strong Investments in America’s Innovation Ecosystem–High Priority for Federal Research Funding »

Letter from multiple coalitions to U.S. House of Representatives Leadership to enact legislation that provides real growth for federal investments in R&D across the board and enact policies that ensure the U.S. remains the global innovation leader. (November 2015)

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Multi-year Sustained Investments Needed for Our National Innovation Infrastructure »

Letter from MRS in reply to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s request for input from the science and research community on the Reauthorization of America COMPETES. (August 2015)

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Reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act »

Letter to the U.S. Senate from the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) expressing support for S.1398 that makes clear the nation needs strong, sustained investment in scientific research. (June 2015)

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MSIC Statement on S.883 »

The American Mineral Security Act of 2015 (S.883) Statement to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from The Minerals Science and Information Coalition on the importance of prioritizing both the science and information components of USGS's Mineral Resources Program. (May 2015)

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Impact of Federal Conference and Travel Policies on Science and Technology »

Multi-organization letter to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee leadership expressing deep concerns about the impact of the Administration regulations and legislative initiatives related to government travel on the science and engineering enterprise and the pace of innovation. (April 2015)

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AAAS R&D Budget Analysis for FY2016 with Materials Science Chapter »

MRS contributes a materials chapter for the AAAS R&D Budget book that assesses the proposed federal government budget for FY2016. The full report may be viewed at the AAAS website: (April 2015)

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National Minerals Information Center (NMIC) »

Letter from the Minerals Science and Information Coalition to Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), commending USGS and NMIC for work as the primary national source of minerals science and information. (February 2015)

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Archived Issues »

Archived issues and communications developed to help advance the policy goals of the materials science community

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