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Reported to House amended (08/04/1995)

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Title I: National Science Foundation Authorization

Title II: General Provisions

National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 1995 - Title I: National Science Foundation Authorization - Authorizes appropriations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for FY 1996 and 1997.

(Sec. 104) Provides for reprogramming of appropriations.

(Sec. 105) States that nothing in this Act shall preclude additional FY 1996 authorization of appropriations for NSF.

Title II: General Provisions - Amends the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 to direct NSF to include in its annual report to the President a strategic plan defining its goals, criteria, and procedures.

(Sec. 202) Requires NSF to submit to the Congress an annual upgrade and maintenance plan for national research facilities.

(Sec. 203) Amends the Academic Research Facilities Modernization Act of 1988 to give research facility grant priority to institutions or consortia that have not received such funds in the preceding five years.

(Sec. 204) Makes administrative amendments to the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, the National Science Foundation Authorization Act, 1976, the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 1988, and the Education for Economic Security Act.

(Sec. 206) Requires certain research instrumentation and facilities guidelines to be incorporated in NSF grant notices.

(Sec. 207) Subjects NSF temporary employees to the same financial disclosure requirements as apply to permanent employees.

(Sec. 208) Requires an institution of higher education receiving NSF funds to grant a military-educational leave of absence to a student on active military duty (other than training).

(Sec. 209) Prohibits the use of any funds authorized under this Act from being used for any lobbying activity.

(Sec. 210) Renames the Critical Technologies Institute as the Science Studies Institute.

(Sec. 211) Requires NSF to consider the impact of a grant on undergraduate and graduate education before its award.

(Sec. 212) Authorizes the Director of NSF to appoint up to six Assistant Directors.

(Sec. 214) Excludes from NSF awards for five years any person who received project funds not subject to competitive merit-based awards. (Exempts persons who are members of a law-specified class.)