Details of the legislation have yet to emerge after Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress worked out their differences in negotiations that ran into the early morning. But a 22-page summary (PDF) released by the Senate Appropriations Committee this morning contains these highlights:
– The National Institutes of Health would receive $945 million for “vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic research” on COVID-19 as well as on “the underlying risks to cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions.”
– The National Science Foundation would receive $76 million to supplement an ongoing program that allows scientists to jump into the field for pilot studies on all manner of natural disasters.
– The Department of Energy’s Office of Science would get $99.5 million to cover the additional costs of operating user facilities at its national laboratories, including support for equipment and staff.
– The U.S. Forest Service would get $3 million to “reestablish experiments impacted by travel restrictions” stemming from the pandemic, including an ongoing forest inventory.
In addition, three research agencies would receive a total of $86 million “to support continuity of operations” affected by COVID-19. NASA would receive $60 million for the costs of rescheduling scientific missions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would get $20 million to supplement “life and property related services” within its National Weather Service, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology would receive $6 million to support “research and measurement science” aimed at developing better diagnostics and testing of the coronavirus.