The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has requested $900.0 million for FY 2015, an increase of $50.0 million or 5.9 percent above its current budget of $850.0 million. NIST is part of the Department of Commerce which has requested a total increase of 6.9 percent for FY 2015.
The Department of Commerce is in the process of releasing its FY 2015 budget documents. The full budget was released yesterday afternoon. The budget summary will not be released until next week.
The full NIST budget document is 329 pages long. PDF pages 7-16 of this document provide an overview of NIST’s FY 2015 request.
When describing the FY 2015 request, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick D. Gallagher stated:
"NIST’s laboratories, research and standards development, and manufacturing services are crucial to boosting American innovation and competitiveness. NIST’s FY 2015 budget will allow us to expand and strengthen critical programs, such as increasing capabilities to move technology from the lab to the market more efficiently and effectively. These requested investments will also help us support public-private partnerships that address some of today’s biggest challenges."
A NIST release explains:
“The budget reflects the Administration’s continued commitment to enhancing innovation and economic growth through NIST’s broad array of research, standards development and services. The FY 2015 budget request will help NIST increase regional and national capacity for innovative manufacturing, advance the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and the digital economy, and remain at the forefront of measurement science and technology research and development.”
The FY 2014 adjusted appropriation was $850.0 million
The FY 2015 adjusted request is $900.0 million, an increase of $50.0 million or 5.9 percent
Within this budget are the following programs:
Scientific and Technical Research and Services:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $651.0 million
The FY 2015 request is $680.0 million, an increase of $29.0 million or 4.5 percent
The budget document states: “Within the request, current Administration priority areas targeted for budget increases include R&D investments in Forensic Science, Cyber Physical Systems, Advanced Materials, Synthetic Biology, and a Lab-to-Market initiative.”
Industrial Technology Services:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $143.0 million
The FY 2015 request is $161.0 million, an increase of $18.0 million or 12.6 percent
The Administration is requesting $5.0 million in new start funding for a new activity entitled Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Coordination.
Construction of Research Facilities:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $56.0 million
The FY 2015 request is $59.0 million, an increase of $3.0 million or 5.4 percent