The National Science Foundation budget would be maintained at the current level, and the other budgets cut, in one case, significantly.

Cutting_MoneyThe House Appropriations Committee released two documents providing an overview of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill and the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill for FY 2012. No agency received an increase in funding. The National Science Foundation budget would be maintained at the current level.

In the release on the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill which provides funding for NASA, NIST, NSF, and OSTP, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) highlighted science and competitiveness.

Total funding provided through this bill – $50.2 billion – is 6 percent less than this year, and 13 percent less than that requested by the Obama Administration.

National Science Foundation:
The FY 2011 appropriation was $6,859.9 million
The FY 2012 Administration request was $7,767.0 million
The House Appropriations Committee recommends $6,859.9 million, maintaining funding at the current level.

Regarding NSF, the committee release states:
“Within this funding, NSF’s core research is increased by $43 million to enhance basic research that is critical to innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness.”

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Source: Richard M. Jones | FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News