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Budget & Appropriations

FYI tracks the president’s science-related budget requests submitted to Congress as well as the development and consideration of appropriations legislation in the House and Senate. Detailed information, including tables, is also available in AIP’s Federal Science Budget Tracker.


Mars Rover Model
July 12, 2021

The Biden administration is requesting budget increases for many existing STEM education programs for fiscal year 2022 and several science agencies are proposing new activities aimed at diversifying both their own workforces and the broader STEM community.

July 9, 2021

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Joe Manchin (D-WV) has proposed special infrastructure spending legislation that would provide billions of dollars in funding for R&D, demonstration projects, and other initiatives to promote emerging energy technologies.

July 7, 2021

Within a flat overall budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Biden administration proposes to ramp up funding for plutonium production while paring back certain stockpile R&D activities, such as inertial confinement fusion.

July 2, 2021

The Biden administration seeks a 9% funding increase for NASA science programs in fiscal year 2022, which would support accelerated work on the Mars Sample Return mission and planned Earth science satellites, among other priorities.

June 30, 2021

The Biden administration is seeking to vastly expand the Department of Energy's clean energy R&D programs in fiscal year 2022 and to place a new priority on areas such as commercial-scale technology demonstrations, industrial decarbonization, and climate resilience.

DOD radar facility
June 25, 2021

Within a historically high budget request for the Department of Defense’s R&D programs, the Biden administration is proposing to pare back support for early-stage research.

USGS scientists conducted near-shore bathymetric surveys on Cape Cod National Seashore in February 2021.
June 24, 2021

The U.S. Geological Survey budget would increase a quarter to $1.64 billion under the Biden administration’s request for fiscal year 2022 in large part to support an array of climate change research, mitigation, and preparedness initiatives.

GOES-T, the third in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites, underwent vibration testing at a Lockheed Martin facility in Colorado.
June 18, 2021

The Biden administration proposes to increase the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration topline budget by a third to just under $7 billion in fiscal year 2022, focusing on expanding the agency’s climate research programs, developing a more distributed weather satellite architecture, and launching diversity and equity initiatives.

June 15, 2021

The Biden administration is requesting a 6% budget increase for the Department of Energy Office of Science, even as the office shoulders an increasing cost burden from its construction portfolio and expands its work on special initiatives.

An illustration of an atomic force microscope probing quantum Hall edge states in graphene.
June 9, 2021

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s budget would rise by nearly 50% under President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 request, with across-the-board increases proposed for the agency’s research and advanced manufacturing programs.