Under the request, the funding for the Office of Science would increase by 9.1 percent.

DOE-Seal“With every initiative the Department undertakes, sound science is at the core.” So states an FY 2012 Department of Energy budget document submitted to Congress. Under the request, the budget for the Department of Energy would increase by 11.8 percent or $3.1 billion, as compared to the FY 2010 current appropriation level, to $29.5 billion. Funding for the Office of Science would increase by 9.1 percent. The Administration is requesting $550.0 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy.

President Obama is continuing the effort started by President Bush in 2006 to double the budgets of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the research programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Research supported by these agencies has been identified as vital to ensuring U.S. leadership in science and technology. Recommendations to double the funding for these agencies were made in the Rising Above the Gathering Storm reports, and were the foundation for the original America COMPETES Act, and its recent reauthorization.

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