A bill to fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.4 billion in 2015 passed by voice vote from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science last week. If enacted, the plan would provide NSF an additional $237.3 million above the fiscal year (FY) 2014 level. The proposed funding level is $154 million higher than President Obama requested for NSF in FY 2015.

The House bill would provide a three percent increase for NSF’s Research and Related Activities. This budget account funds the various research directorates at NSF, including the Biological Sciences Directorate. This is about $170 million more than the agency’s FY 2015 budget request.

Funding for Education and Human Resources would grow by 3.5 percent, less than the 5.1 percent increase proposed in the President’s budget request. Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction would be funded at the requested level of $200.8 million.

The House bill would also fund the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). At $5.3 billion, the proposed funding level is roughly the same as the FY 2014 enacted level.


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