The President released his budget principles for fiscal year (FY) 2010 on 26 February. A more detailed budget will likely be released in April. Although the preliminary budget is short on specifics, it does outline broad priorities for the Administration, namely clean energy, education, health care, and the economy. However, funding for the sciences, especially to address climate change, would be increased.

The National Science Foundation would receive an additional $100 million, bringing their total budget for FY 2010 to $7 billion. The agency is already set to receive $3 billion from the economic stimulus. The additional funding would go to “substantially” increasing funding for graduate research fellowships and faculty early career development programs; strengthening the education of technicians in high-technology fields; encouraging promising high-risk research; and making climate change research and education a priority.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would receive increased funding to study climate change, including an additional $1.3 billion for weather and climate satellite acquisition. Funding would also be included for research and monitoring of ocean acidification. Additionally, funding would be included to fully implement the requirements set in the Magnuson-Stevens Act to end overfishing by 2011.

Several other science agencies should also see budget increases in FY 2010. The Office of Science in the Department of Energy would receive substantially increased support for climate science, expanding graduate fellowship programs, and international science and energy experiments. The Environmental Protection Agency would receive $10.5 billion, an increase of $2.7 billion, in addition to the $7.2 billion included in the economic stimulus. Nine hundred million dollars in additional funding would go to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, some of which would be used to develop new space-based research sensors in support of a global climate research and monitoring.

The Department of Interior would receive funding to address climate change. An additional $130 million in funding would be used to monitor, adaptively manage, and assess the impacts of climate change on the nation’s lands, fish, and wildlife.


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