The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Public Policy Office has prepared a new report that analyzes the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request for biological and environmental science. This initial analysis provides key details that will be useful in the coming months as Congress works to develop the FY 2011 appropriations legislation that will ultimately fund scientific research next year.

President Obama released a $3.8 trillion budget plan on 1 February 2010. As pledged by the President, the budget includes proposed increases for various federal research and development (R&D) programs. On average, federal investments in R&D would increase by 6.4 percent to more than $61 billion under the President’s plan. Included in these proposed new investments are the Department of Energy (DoE), Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and United States Geological Survey (USGS). However, some agencies, such as the USGS, would trim spending on biological and environmental research.

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