Science Grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
This paper discusses President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which aims to provide Americans with a $787 billion stimulus package. Designed to boost a deteriorating economy and allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax cuts and social welfare provisions, the act also provides ample funding in the areas of energy and scientific research. With grants such as the “Solar Market Transformation” and “Transportation Electrification,” the act strives to steer the U.S. economy towards a “green revolution.” Dwarfing the Department of Energy’s current annual budget, this infusion of funds can vastly improve and science technology. Moreover, the act includes funds for scientific research in general, with large portions going to the National Science Foundation and university research facilities. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu hopes to use this time of economic crisis to build a clean, secure, and prosperous energy future for America.