The President's Earth and Space Science FY13 Budget Request

13 February 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-11

THE ADMINISTRATION’S FY13 BUDGET

The President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) has a few themes that cut across all science agencies. These themes include making tough cuts in order to invest in strategic priorities, saving money by implementing more efficient operations, spurring innovation, pushing the frontiers of scientific discovery, and educating students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The cuts and subsequent spending are prioritized around the Administration’s priorities to invest in research and development, STEM education, and a high-tech workforce.

Overall, non-defense research and development spending in the President’s budget is up approximately five percent over FY12. Below are highlights of selected scientific agencies’ FY13 budgets. Links to full budgets for each agency are also included.

The President’s request for scientific research and development funding will soon be debated in Congress. If you would like to take action and let policymakers know how important it is to invest in our future through scientific research, development, and education, please contact your legislators now.

DOE:

  • Investments in clean energy, including wind, geothermal, and other cost-effective renewables
  • Increased investment in carbon capture and storage research
  • Partnering with industry on methane hydrate research

DOE budget in millions of dollars, rounded to the nearest million:

Program FY11 Enacted FY12 Estimate FY13 President’s Request Change (FY13 over FY12) Percent Change
Overall 25,693 26,300 27,155 +856 +3.2%
Science 4,897 4,874 4,992 +118 +2.4%
Energy and Environment 9,124 9,252 9,729 +477 +5.2%

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EPA:

  • Implementing sustainable water infrastructure policy and more modern monitoring technologies
  • Investing $14 million to address hydraulic fracturing environmental safety impacts
  • Working with USGS to assess air and water quality and ecosystem impacts of hydraulic fracturing

EPA budget in millions of dollars, rounded to the nearest million:

Program FY11 Enacted FY12 Estimate FY13 President’s Request Change (FY13 over FY12) Percent Change
Overall 9,991 8,449 8,344 -105 -1.2%
Science and Technology 877 794 807 +14 +1.8%
Environmental Programs and Management 2,884 2,678 2,817 +139 +5.2%
Oil Spill Response 19.7 18.2 23.5 +5.3 +29%

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NASA:

  • NASA overall Science budget decreases by 3.2 percent for FY13
  • Enables NASA to develop the James Webb Space Telescope with the goal of launch in 2018
  • Decrease in planetary science is due to completion of missions and missions reaching less expensive stages of operation

NASA budget in millions of dollars, rounded to the nearest million:

Program FY11 Enacted FY12 Estimate FY13 President’s Request Change (FY13 over FY12) Percent Change
Overall 18,448 17,770 17,711 -59 -0.33%
Overall Science 4,920 5,074 4,911 -163 -3.2%
Earth Science 1,722 1,761 1,785 +24 +1.4%
Planetary Science 1,451 1,501 1,192 -309 -21%
Heliophysics 639 621 647 +26 +4.2%
James Webb Space Telescope 477 519 628 +109 +21%

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NOAA:

  • Preliminary information regarding NOAA’s FY13 budget indicates that the overall budget will be slightly above the FY12 budget. A detailed NOAA budget will be released on Thursday, 16 February. AGU will send additional information at that time.

NSF:

  • Focus on importance of STEM education in establishing American prosperity
  • NSF expects to support approximately 285,000 researchers, post-docs, technicians, and students through grants in FY13
  • The Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) program includes funding for interdisciplinary research and education to help society address the challenge of achieving sustainability

NSF budget in millions of dollars, rounded to the nearest million:

Program FY11 Enacted FY12 Estimate FY13 President’s Request Change (FY13 over FY12) Percent Change
Overall 6,913 7,033 7,373 +340 +4.8%
Research & Related Activities 5,510 5,689 5,983 +294 +5.2%
Education & Human Resources 861 829 876 +47 +5.6%
Major Research Equipment & Facilities 117 197 196 -0.89 -0.4%
National Science Board 5 4 4
Geosciences 885 885 906 +21 +2.4%
Office of Polar Programs 441 436 450 +14 +3.2%
U.S. Arctic Research Commission 1.58 1.45 1.39 -0.06 -4.1%
SEES Initiative 88 157 202 +45 +29%

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USGS:

  • Includes a comprehensive assessment of water availability and use
  • $13 million to help support scientific research for hydraulic fracturing
  • $26 million budgeted for the Climate Science Centers
  • $53 million to complete the Landsat 8 Earth Imaging mission ground system

USGS budget in millions of dollars, rounded to the nearest million:

Program FY11 Enacted FY12 Estimate FY13 President’s Request Change (FY13 over FY12) Percent Change
Overall 1,084 1,068 1,102 +34 +3.2%
Ecosystems 161 161 178 +17 +10.6%
Climate & Land Use Change 138 144 154 +10 +6.9%
Energy, Minerals, & Environmental Health 100 96 97 +1 +1%
Natural Hazards 136 134 145 +11 +8.2%
Water Resources 212 215 210 -5 -2.4%
Core Science Systems 113 107 120 +13 +12.1%

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