The FYI Bulletin is a news service covering federal science policy developments.

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.

9 Apr 2019

As helium prices soar, researchers are developing conservation strategies and seeking government assistance to address an acute supply shortage.

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.

2 Apr 2019

The president’s fiscal year 2020 budget request calls for a $1 billion, 16 percent cut to the Department of Energy Office of Science, which would erase much of the budget increase Congress has provided it over the last two budget cycles. Beneath its toplines, the request also proposes small amounts to begin planning on a variety of new experiments and facilities.

28 Mar 2019

The Department of Defense’s RDT&E budget would continue a rapid rise beyond an already historic high under President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2020, though recent increases provided to basic and applied research programs would be rolled back.

26 Mar 2019

The administration proposes to roll back the budget increase Congress has just provided to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. It again proposes no funding for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope or for a lander mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

21 Mar 2019

President Trump’s latest budget proposes to roll back large increases Congress recently provided for several science agencies and again targets environmental research and later-stage energy R&D programs for steep cuts.

19 Mar 2019

The Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have recently turned their attention to the long-term future of their research reactor user facilities. Meanwhile, unplanned shutdowns at both facilities have put a temporary strain on the U.S.’ already heavily subscribed capacity for neutron-beam research.


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