While the US National Science Foundation's new director has made an effort to reach out to Congress, Nature reports that some of that outreach may be in vain.

Republican lawmakers, it notes, have focused on NSF and its grant-funding process as a source of potential wasteful spending and have presented legislation to have the agency certify that grants is does fund are in the national interest.

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