FY14 NIH and NSF Budget Request

By Steve Pierson posted 04-10-2013 12:09

The Obama Administration announced this morning its budget request for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14), which begins October 1. The table below has the request level for NSF and NIH along with their FY10, FY11, FY12 and FY13 budgets.



     FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13   Request     % change from FY13  

  NIH     $30.95B     30.688     30.623     30.623   31.3 7%

NSF 6.910 6.913 7.033  6.884 7.626 11%
Levels in billions of dollars
Source (for FY11-FY13): NSF; NIH.

April 11 addition:  
The proposed budget increase would be largely used to fund more grants, thereby reversing the reduced number of grants from the FY13 budget. The NSF FY14 budget summary brochure also lists these priorities:
  • Cyber-Enabled Materials, Manufacturing, and Smart Systems (CEMMSS): $300 million
  • Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science, Engineering, and Education (CIF21): $155 million
  • NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps): $25 million
  • Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE): $63 million
  • Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES): $223 million
  • Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC): $110 million 
  • Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate STEM Education (CAUSE): $123 million
  • National Graduate Research Fellowship program (NGRF): $325 million
  • NSF Research Traineeships (NRT): $55 million

The full NSF FY14 request is available here. See the American Institute of Physics FYI write-up on the FY14 NSF request.

April 13 addition:

According to the April 12 Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Weekly Round Up,

The request includes $225.4 million for the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) within the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), $50.5 million below the FY 2012 level, and includes $165 million for the National Children’s Study, $28.1 million below the FY 2012 level.

NIH estimates this budget will support a total of 36,610 research project grants (RPGs) in FY 2014, an increase of 351 grants over FY 2012. Within this total, NIH estimates it will support 10,269 new and competing renewal RPGs, an increase of 1,283 grants over FY 2012.

Please note all comparisons are to the FY 2012 level due to delay in the FY 2013 appropriations bills and sequestration.

April 29 addition.

According to the AAU FY14 NIH document, "NIH has identified three major themes in FY14:

Today’s Basic Science for Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs: The budget proposal for NIH highlights two major initiatives to tackle challenges in basic research. First, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, to which NIH will contribute $40 million in FY14, aims to develop a deeper understanding of brain function through development of new tools and technologies. Second, the Big Data to Knowledge Program (BD2K) will support programmatic efforts to facilitate data sharing, develop and disseminate new tools for data analysis, enhance training of scientists in data management fields, and establish centers of excellence focused on biomedical analytics, computational biology, and medical informatics.

Translational Science: In FY14, NIH will continue to work on re-engineering the drug and diagnostic development pipeline through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). In addition, the budget announces a new effort to establish a National Clinical Research Network to capitalize on the use of electronic health records in clinical research and to recruit broader participation in clinical studies.

Recruiting and Retraining Diverse Scientific Talent and Creativity: NIH will continue the efforts begun by working groups of the Advisory Committee of the Director that focus on the biomedical research workforce and enhancing diversity in the workforce. This includes launching the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program, which will provide educational resources to institutions representing under-represented populations, as well as creating a National Research Mentoring Network to connect students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to experienced mentors."

[I will post Congress's actions on the FY14 budget for NSF and NIH in a separate, to-be-created blog entry, similar to what I did for FY12. Watch this space.]

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