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Final Outcome: FY 2012 Appropriations

Richard M. Jones
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The FY 2012 appropriations cycle concluded on December 23 when President Barack Obama signed into law the second of two large appropriations measures.  The two measures combined all of the FY 2012 appropriations bills. 

Funding constraints restricted increases in program budgets.  The following is a compilation of percentage changes in budgets between FY 2011 appropriations levels and the FY 2012 outcome.  Additional information on the original budget request and the final appropriations can be found here

NSF Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction: Up 42.7 percent
Department of Defense (DOD) 6.1 Basic Research: Up 16.6 percent
NIST Scientific and Technical Research and Services: Up 11.8 percent
DOE SC Fusion Energy Sciences: Up 7.1 percent
NASA Aeronautics: Up 6.7 percent
NNSA Weapons Activities: Up 4.9 percent
DOE SC Advanced Scientific Computing Research: Up 4.7 percent
National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): Up 4.5 percent
USGS Climate and Land Use Change: Up 4.5 percent
NASA Science: Up 3.1 percent
NSF Research and Related Activities: Up 2.8 percent
National Science Foundation (NSF): Up 2.5 percent
NNSA Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation: Up 2.2 percent
DOE SC Nuclear Physics: Up 1.8 percent
USGS Water Resources: Up 1.2 percent
DOE SC Basic Energy Sciences: Up 0.9 percent
Department of Energy – Office of Science (DOE SC): Up 0.6 percent
Navy 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 research programs: Up 0.4 percent
USGS Ecosystems: Up 0.4 percent
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): Up 0.1 percent

National Institutes of Health: Level funding
DOE SC Biological and Environmental Research: Level funding

DOE SC High Energy Physics: Down 0.5 percent
NASA Exploration: Down 0.8 percent
USGS Natural Hazards: Down 1.0 percent
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): Down 1.3 percent
Air Force 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 research programs: Down 2.5 percent
USGS Energy, Minerals, Environmental Health: Down 3.5 percent
NASA: Down 3.5 percent
NASA Cross-Agency Support: Down 3.6 percent
NSF Education and Human Resources: Down 3.7 percent
USGS Facilities: Down 3.9 percent
Defense-Wide (DARPA, etc.) 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 research programs: Down 4.2 percent
DOD 6.2 Applied Research: Down 4.7 percent
NASA Education: Down 4.9 percent
USGS Core Science Systems: Down 5.4 percent
USGS Administration and Enterprise Information: Down 7.0 percent
DOD 6.3 Advanced Technology Research: Down 14.3 percent
Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership: Down 14.3 percent
Army 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 research programs: Down 18.6 percent
NIST Construction of Research Facilities: Down 20.7 percent
NASA Space Operations: Down 23.0 percent
NIST Industrial Technology Services: Down 25.9 percent

Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics