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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.


17 May 2019

The Trump administration has amended its latest budget request for NASA, seeking additional funds for its bid to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024. Meanwhile, the agency’s lunar science plans are focusing heavily on the lunar south pole region, where the crewed landing would take place.

3 May 2019

The National Nuclear Security Administration proposes to ramp up funding for new plutonium experimentation and production facilities while paring back support for inertial confinement fusion in its latest budget request. Meanwhile, funding for nonproliferation programs would increase slightly overall.

24 Apr 2019

The Trump administration proposes familiar cuts to a range of STEM education programs in its fiscal year 2020 budget request, while favoring those tied to career and technical education.

22 Apr 2019

Efforts in the Senate to promote technology innovation as a way to combat climate change are beginning to progress. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has renewed his push to “double energy research funding,” while the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has begun to develop legislation to promote technology development and commercialization.

19 Apr 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey’s budget would drop 15 percent to $984 million under the Trump administration’s request for fiscal year 2020. The administration proposes to significantly restructure several science programs and relocate part of the agency’s headquarters staff from Virginia to Colorado.

17 Apr 2019

Funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s main research office would be nearly halved under the president’s latest budget request for the agency, ending much of its support for extramural grants. NOAA does however propose to establish a new research center geared toward overhauling its approach to developing weather models.

12 Apr 2019

President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Department of Energy includes a $2 billion cut to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and smaller but still sizeable cuts to nuclear and fossil energy R&D programs. The request proposes increases for electric grid resilience programs that would support new R&D efforts.

11 Apr 2019

The National Institutes of Health’s budget would drop 12 percent to $34 billion under the Trump administration’s proposal for fiscal year 2020, rolling back most of the $5 billion increase Congress has provided to the agency over the past two years.

5 Apr 2019

The Trump administration seeks to shave about $1 billion from the National Science Foundation’s budget in fiscal year 2020. Within the constrained topline, NSF proposes to embark on a major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider and press ahead with its ten “Big Ideas,” advancing new programs dedicated to mid-scale infrastructure and convergence research.

3 Apr 2019

The National Institute of Standards and Technology would lose a third of its current $1 billion budget under the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget request. The cut is spread across most programs, though funding for activities tied to priority areas such as quantum science, artificial intelligence, and microelectronics would be shielded.