Current Federal Science Funding

16 February 2015:

On 2 February 2015 the President released his annual budget request outlining his fiscal priorities for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). This budget request would increase funding for many federal scientific research programs. The President’s budget request is just the first step in the process of setting FY16 funding, and the requests that the President sets may or may not be reflected in the budget numbers that Congress eventually passes. Read the 2 February AGU Science Policy Alert for details about the President’s FY16 budget request.

15 December 2014:

Congress passed a combination Continuing Resolution (CR) and Omnibus – dubbed a CRomnibus - late on 13 December. Once signed by the President, which will happen by 17 December when the current short-term CR ends, the bill will become law. All of the federal government will be funded through the end of FY15, except for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is only funded through February, and is the CR portion of the CRomnibus – all of the other government agencies have entirely new appropriations bills for FY15. Overall funding levels are close to FY14 appropriations, and for full details see our blog post “FY15 Omnibus – A Close Shave” on The Bridge: Connecting Science and Policy.

22 September 2014:

Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) providing funding for the U.S. government at Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) levels through 11 December, 2014, well into the next fiscal year that begins on 1 October 2014. The CR was passed instead of regular appropriations bills because the House of Representatives and the Senate could not agree on spending levels. Congress has adjourned for recess through Election Day and are scheduled to return on 12 November 2014. They will have an estimated 14 days in session to agree on spending levels before the current CR expires.

FY15 Budget:

More information on the President’s FY15 budget request: Follow the links below to find out more about each individual agency. Numbers are reported in millions of dollars.


FY14 Enacted

FY15 President’s Request

% Change from FY14 Enacted

NSF Overall $7,171.92 $7,255.00 1.16%
NASA Overall $17,647 $17,460 -1.06%
NOAA Overall $5,322.5 $5,496.7 3.27%
USGS Overall $1,032.97 $1,074.02 3.97%
DOE Overall $27,224 $27,940 2.63%
EPA Overall $8,200.00 $7,890.00 -3.78%

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