• 2013 Department of Energy Budget Request: $27.2 billion (+$855.5 million)
  • 2013 Office of Science Request: $5.0 billion (+$118.4 million)
  • 2013 Biological and Environmental Research Request: $625.3 million (+$15.8 million)

The Department of Energy Office of Science is slated to receive a 2.4 percent increase. Funding for Biological and Environmental Research would increase at a similar rate (+2.6 percent), with proposed funding of $625.3 million.

The Biological and Environmental Research program supports research to explore the frontiers of genome-enabled biology; discover the physical, chemical, and biological drivers of climate change; and seek the molecular determinants of environmental sustainability and stewardship.

Several biological research areas are targeted for increases in FY 2013. Terrestrial ecosystem science would receive the largest increase (+$11.7 million, +29.0 percent); these funds would continue an experiment begun in 2012 on the relationship between climate change and Arctic permafrost ecosystems, as well as start new research on climate change in tropical ecosystems. Additional funding would also support climate modeling (+$4.3 million, +15.0 percent). Genomics science would receive $4.2 million in new funding for the development of synthetic biology tools and biodesign technologies for living systems relevant to bioenergy production, carbon cycling, and environmental change.

Although many programmatic areas would be flat funded, a few programs would receive budget cuts. For example, the radiological sciences program would be cut by $6.8 million (-19.4 percent).

Although the average research grant size would not change, the Biological and Environmental Research program expects to award 10 more grants than in FY 2012.

The President’s budget request would terminate the Science Graduate Fellowship Program. The fellowship was started in 2009 to support graduate students pursuing fundamental research relevant to the Office of Science. The program received $5.0 million last year.


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