"This is an historic step and will change the future of science
in this country." - Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman
Almost every budget in the Department of Energy's Office of Science
would see increases in FY 2007 under the request sent by President Bush
to Congress last Monday. In many cases, requested percentage increases
are in the double digits.
The Office of Science is one of the three components of the American
Competitiveness Initiative. The FY 2007 budget would increase 14.1%
or $503.3 million in FY 2007 from $3,596.4 million to $4,101.7 million.
Over ten years, it would increase to $7.2 billion (FY 2016) under this
Initiative. The total DOE FY 2007 request is level with this year's
The Department of Energy has prepared a document, "FY 2007 Congressional
Budget Request, Budget Highlights" with a six-page section on Science.
Readers desiring additional information should consult this document
See pages 73-74 for Program Highlights and pages 74-76 for Significant
This document explains: "Within this augmented budget, most
research programs and facility operations are restored to near optimal
levels, and there are several increases for construction projects and
selected research activities."
The figures below are as compared to the current funding year, with
no allowance for program changes.
HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS: Up 8.1% or $58.4 million, from $716.7 million
to $775.1 million.
NUCLEAR PHYSICS: Up 23.7% or $87.0 million from $367.0 million
to $454.1 million.
BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH: Down 12.0% or $69.6 million
from $579.8 million to $510.3 million. Important note: the current budget
has $128.7 million in congressional earmarks (the remaining non-earmarked
budget is $451.1 million.)
BASIC ENERGY SCIENCES: Up 25.2% or $286.4 million from $1,134.6
million to $1,421.0 million.
FUSION ENERGY SCIENCES: Up 10.9% or $31.3 million from $287.6
million to $319.0 million.
ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING: Up 35.8% or $84.0 million from
$234.7 million to $319.7 million.