February 20, 2012

From GRC: FY 13 Budget Request Highlights

The White House submitted its FY 13 budget request on February 13, 2012. The $3.8 trillion proposal advances a $350 billion stimulus package focused on job growth and $140 billion for research and development funding, including $2.2 billion for advanced manufacturing research and development and $30.6 billion for basic research.

The National Institutes of Health would receive level funding, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive $7.37 billion, a 4.8 percent increase. The OneNSF initiative — which includes funding for Cyber-enabled Materials, Manufacturing, and Smart Systems; Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering; Expeditions in Education; Innovation Corps; Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education; Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace; and Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability — would be funded at $807 million. Funding for CAREER and Graduate Research Fellowships awards would increase slightly, and STEM education would retain significant support through these initiatives:

  • NSF and the U.S. Department of Education would provide $30 million each for an evidence-based program to improve K-16 mathematics education and knowledge building. This new opportunity will support researchers and educators who have the greatest potential to transform mathematics learning. At NSF, the Discovery Research K-12 and Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM programs would be the vehicles.
  • The Widening Implementation and Demonstration of Evidence-based Reforms (WIDER) program would receive $20 million for research and demonstration projects exploring how to achieve widespread sustainable implementation of evidence-based undergraduate instructional practices to improve student outcomes. 
  • Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM would receive $61.5 million to improve the quality of STEM education for all undergraduate students by supporting efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning. 

Other budget highlights include a commitment to reset the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, along with NSF, on a path to doubled budgets; modest increases, 5.5 percent each, for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities; and $24 billion in cuts, consolidations, and savings across the agencies.

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