FY15 NSF and NIH Budget Developments

By Steve Pierson posted 02-10-2014 10:30


The FY15 federal budget was released March 4, 2014 with additional details to be provided in subsequent weeks. This blog entry will track FY15 appropriations developments for NSF and NIH and so will updated accordingly. (See log updates below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. 

Jump ahead to analysis/reaction to the FY15 final budgets or to analysis/reaction to the FY15 budget request.

See also FY15 Statistical Agency Budget Developments.

See also the Jeff Mervis 12/10/14 ScienceInsider piece on what looks to be the final FY15 NSF budget: NSF’s 2015 budget: A small increase and a big pat on the back. This 12/10 ScienceInsider piece by Jocelyn Kaiser has information on NIH's 2015 budget plan, Within NIH’s flat 2015 budget, a few favorites. The 12/12/14 COSSA FY15 analysis is also very informative on the NIH and NSF budgets.See also this 12/19/14 Science article by Jeff Mervis and David Malakoff: Science agencies make gains despite tight U.S. budget.



FY11 FY12 FY13  FY14     Request     House    Senate   Final  


  NIH     30.688     30.623     29.300    29.926  30.2    30.459*  30.0842 


NSF 6.913 7.033  6.884 7.172  7.255  7.404***1  7.255**  7.344
Levels in billions of dollars
Latest Action: *Subcommittee mark-up; **Committee mark-up; ***Passed the Floor
1During deliberations on House floor, $15 million was shifted from the SBE directorate to MPS and ENG. Read more at Big Battle Over 15 Little Words, Jeff Mervis, ScienceInsider, 6/4/14.
2$30.3 billion if one includes Ebola funding. This number also includes Evaluation TAP funding. The FY 14 level does not include TAP funding.
The FY15 NIH request proposes $100 million for BRAIN initiative (increase of $60 million) and $88 million for Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative (increase of $33 million). 

The FY15 NSF initiatives include (according to the NSF FY15 Budget Request Brochure):
• Cognitive Science and Neuroscience: $29 million
• Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science, Engineering, and Education (CIF21): 
$125 million
• Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES): $139 million
• Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC):  $100 million
with other FY15 highlights including
• Clean Energy: $362 million
• Research at the Interface of Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Engineering (BioMaPS): $29 million
• NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps): $25 million 
• Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF): $333 million
• Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE): $118 million
• NSF Research Traineeships (NRT): $58 million 

For the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences the FY13, FY14, and FY15 Request numbers are
         FY13    FY14    FY15 request   $change   %change  
    DMS    $219.0 M  225.6  224.4 -1.24 -0.5% 

 For reaction and analysis on the FY15 Budget Request, see these entries: Updates (and sources):
  1. 12/914 "CRomnibus" bill released. Division B (for NSF); Division G (for NIH)
  2. 6/10/14: Senate LHHS bill summary
  3. 6/3/14: Senate CJS bill summary
  4. 5/30: House approves CJS bill.
  5. 5/8: CJS bill marked up in full committee. NSF offset by $5 million for salmon recovery in Herrera-Beutler amendment
  6. 4/29/14: Draft House CJS Bill press release
  7. 3/4/14: NSF FY15 request summary; FY15 HHS request summary; presentation of Acting Director Marrett on 3/4/14 at AAAS.
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