President Obama released his $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2011 on 1 February 2010. Despite the President’s promise to freeze non-military discretionary funding at FY 2010 levels, most federal science agencies could receive a spending boost next year. Overall, federal investments in research and development (R&D) would increase by 6.4 percent to more than $61 billion under the President’s budget. The National Science Foundation would receive $7.4 billion, 7.2 percent more than the agency received in FY 2010. Other science agencies would also receive healthy funding increases: 17.1 percent increase for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ($5.5 billion total), 4.4 percent increase for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science ($5.1 billion total), 3.9 percent increase for the National Institutes of Health ($32.1 billion total), 1.9 percent increase for the U.S. Geological Survey ($1.1 billion total), and 1.5 percent increase for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ($1.9 billion).

Stay tuned for more details and analysis of the President’s FY 2011 budget from the AIBS Public Policy Office in the coming days.


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