The President's Earth and Space Science FY14 Budget Request

11 April 2013
AGU Science Policy Alert 13-18

The Administration’s FY14 Budget Request
The President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) was released on 10 April 2013, several months behind schedule. According to the White House, the budget request strives to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and grow the economy while continuing to cut the deficit in a balanced way. AGU released a statement on the budget request on Wednesday and Eos featured an article on it today.

Overall, non-defense research and development in the President’s budget is up approximately 9% over FY12.  Below are highlights of selected scientific agencies’ FY14 budgets.  Links to budget overviews for each agency are also included. At the time the FY14 budget request was developed, none of the full-year appropriations bills for 2013 was enacted; therefore, the requested appropriations for FY14 are compared to FY12 enacted levels.

The President’s request for Earth and space science research and development will soon join the appropriations debates in Congress.  If you would like to take action and inform policy makers of the importance of investment in scientific research, development, and education, please contact your legislators.

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Requests $28.4 billion in discretionary funds for DOE, an 8% increase above the FY12 enacted level.
  • Provides over $5 billion, a 5.7% increase over the FY12 enacted level, for the DOE Office of Science for basic research and research infrastructure.
  • Delivers $615 million to increase the use and decrease the costs of clean power from wind, solar, geothermal, and water energy.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • Requests over $7.6 billion for NSF, an increase of $593 million, or 8.4% over the FY12 enacted level.
  • Proposes $372 million for fundamental research that is directly relevant to future clean energy technologies such as polar power generation and energy efficiency.
  • Empowers NSF to lead undergraduate and graduate education reform as part of a larger plan to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education investments across the federal government.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • Provides $17.7 billion in discretionary funding for NASA, a decrease of $50 million or 0.3% below the FY12 enacted level.
  • Keeps development of the James Webb Space Telescope on track for a 2018 launch.
  • Delivers over $1.8 billion to revamp the Landsat program, develop climate sensors for the Joint Polar Satellite System, and conduct many other satellite and research efforts.
  • Reallocates $47.5 million of STEM education programs from across NASA into larger programs at other federal agencies.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Requests $8.2 billion for EPA, a decrease of $296 million or 3.5% below FY12 enacted level.
  • Reduces funding for Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds by a combined $472 million.
  • Continues efforts to restore significant ecosystems, such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and Everglades, by helping to promote their ecological sustainability and resilience.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

  • Requests $1.2 billion for USGS, an increase of $98 million above FY12 enacted.
  • Increases investment in R&D by $87.7 million; 65% of USGS budget is classified as R&D activities.
  • Continues support for Landsat 8 and future missions by allocating $20 million in NASA’s budget to begin work to build and launch the next satellite.
  • Budget increases in many programs including, among others, an additional $14.5 million for the National Groundwater Monitoring Network; $16.4 million in climate adaptation, comprising climate science research and biological carbon capture and storage; $8.2 million in stream gauges and monitoring; $6.1 million for ocean and coastal stewardship; $2.1 million for critical minerals and rare earth research; and $9 million for Earth observations.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Increases in funding to strengthen support for critical weather satellite programs, Earth observations, and the NOAA’s other core science and stewardship responsibilities.
  • Provides $2 billion to continue the development of the polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellite systems, as well as satellite-borne measurements of sea level and potentially damaging solar storms.

More details about NOAA’s budget will be released at a later date.