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Important Numbers - Physical Sciences Funding: 1989 to 2009

Richard M. Jones
Number 15 - February 6, 2012  |  Search FYI  |   FYI Archives  |   Subscribe to FYI

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Accompanying the recent National Science Board’s “Science and Engineering Indicators 2012,” is a large appendix of statistics.  Of note is Appendix table 4-35, “Federal obligations for research, by detailed S&E [Science & Engineering] field: Selected years, FY 1989 – 2009.

This table is particularly useful because in addition to providing funding levels in current dollars it also presents the figures in “Constant FY 2005 $millions.”  A note to this table explains “Figures for FY 2009 include obligations from the additional federal R&D funding appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” – more generally known as the stimulus bill.

Selected data from the table follows, shown in millions of constant FY 2005 dollars:

Physics:

1989: $3,150.4
1994: $3,048.5
1999: $2,548.9
2004: $2,683.4
2005: $3,041.3
2006: $2,902.5
2007: $2,758.8
2008: $2,724.3
2009: $3,040.7

 

Astronomy:

1989: $779.3
1994: $932.9
1999: $869.5
2004: $950.8
2005: $884.9
2006: $766.3
2007: $615.6
2008: $484.4
2009: $608.2

 

Geological Sciences:

1989: $780.6
1994: $1,045.7
1999: $757.4
2004: $727.5
2005: $673.5
2006: $632.3
2007: $598.8
2008: $474.9
2009: $683.0

 

Oceanography:

1989: $707.4
1994: $619.9
1999: $753.2
2004: $835.5
2005: $771.5
2006: $721.1
2007: $739.4
2008: $723.7
2009: $755.4

 

Engineering – Metallurgy and Materials

1989: $749.2
1994: $1,062.4
1999: $904.0
2004: $1,071.0
2005: $1,184.1
2006: $1,208.7
2007: $1,389.0
2008: $1,490.1
2009: $1,560.6

 

Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
rjones@aip.org
301-209-3095