MacArthur has announced a grant of $2.5 million to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) for policy research and activities to provide scientific expertise to policymakers in areas of critical national importance.
"Now more than ever, it is critical that Americas policymakers have access to clear, accurate, and objective scientific information in order to make decisions about our national security," said Jonathan F. Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation. "This grant will help the Federation of American Scientists provide policymakers the knowledge they need, bringing the best research to bear on issues such as nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons-materials, and other critical science-related issues."
The Federation of American Scientists was founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists who recognized that atomic weapons had irreversibly changed the role of scientists in national affairs, and that the advice and insights of the scientific community were essential to national policy. Today, the FAS has programs addressing critical issues of global security, information technologies, science policy and energy and the environment. Its work ensures that scientific analysis on these matters is easily and readily accessible to the public and policymakers.
"We are grateful for the MacArthur Foundations confidence in our organization," said Henry Kelly, President of the Federation of American Scientists. "Any vision of a safe, secure, just society for Americans and for people around the world depends on timely advice and insight from the nations scientific community. MacArthur's support will play a key role in ensuring that the nations scientists can contribute in a way that is timely, targeted, and vigorous."