[R&D Budget] AAAS R&D Budget Update
pclemins at aaas.org
Fri Feb 12 16:51:09 EST 2010
FY 2011 President's Request
President Obama released his proposed budget for FY 2011 on February 1. The proposed budget's over R&D investment totals $147.7 billion, essentially flat (up 0.2%) compared to FY 2010. Despite the flat funding, there were significant shifts of funds within the federal R&D portfolio. Defense R&D would face a cut of $3.3 billion (3.9%) to $81.7 billion, while non-defense R&D would rise by $3.7 billion (5.9%) to $66.0 billion. The National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratories all received proposed budget increases to keep these basic research agencies on their doubling tracks through 2017. Also noteworthy, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) total budget would receive a slight increase of 1.5% to $19.0 billion, but the agency would undergo some significant shifts in emphasis including the cancellation of the Constellation program.
AAAS News Item: http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2010/0202rd_budget_intro.shtml
R&D in the FY 2011 Budget (stay tuned for updates): http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/fy2011/
Congress Passes Another Debt Limit Increase
H.J.Res. 45, presented to the President for signature on Feburary 4, raises the U.S. debt limit by $1.9 trillion from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion. Attached to the resolution is the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 which enforces budget neutrality on new revenue and spending legislation with some special conditions and exceptions for current programs and legislation.
R&D Budget and Policy Program's Twitter Feed
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Patrick J. Clemins
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