The FY 2012 appropriations cycle concluded on December 23 when President Barack Obama signed into law the second of two large appropriations measures.

Money_Out_of_HatThe FY 2012 appropriations cycle concluded on December 23 when President Barack Obama signed into law the second of two large appropriations measures. The two measures combined all of the FY 2012 appropriations bills. Funding constraints restricted increases in program budgets.

The following is a compilation of percentage changes in budgets between FY 2011 appropriations levels and the FY 2012 outcome.

  • NSF Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction: Up 42.7 percent
  • NIST Scientific and Technical Research and Services: Up 11.8 percent
  • DOE SC Fusion Energy Sciences: Up 7.1 percent
  • NNSA Weapons Activities: Up 4.9 percent
  • DOE SC Advanced Scientific Computing Research: Up 4.7 percent
  • National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): Up 4.5 percent
  • NSF Research and Related Activities: Up 2.8 percent
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): Up 2.5 percent
  • NNSA Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation: Up 2.2 percent
  • DOE SC Nuclear Physics: Up 1.8 percent
  • DOE SC Basic Energy Sciences: Up 0.9 percent
  • Department of Energy – Office of Science (DOE SC): Up 0.6 percent
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): Up 0.1 percent
  • DOE SC Biological and Environmental Research: Level funding
  • DOE SC High Energy Physics: Down 0.5 percent
  • NSF Education and Human Resources: Down 3.7 percent
  • Defense-Wide (DARPA, etc.) 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 research programs: Down 4.2 percent
  • NIST Construction of Research Facilities: Down 20.7 percent
  • NIST Industrial Technology Services: Down 25.9 percent

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