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NSF Congressional Highlight

NSF Senate Appropriations Mark-up

July 19, 2001

The Senate VA-HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations subcommittee marked up the FY 02 appropriations bill Thursday morning, to be followed by a full committee mark-up in the afternoon. Noting that their subcommittee allocation prevented them from providing the $600 million that they felt was needed to keep NSF on a doubling track, Senators Mikulski and Bond provided the agency with a 5.6% increase over last year's budget. Funding for NSF accounts is listed in the table below:

FY 2002 National Science Foundation
Appropriations Table

FY 2002 National Science Foundation
Appropriations Table

Current
Plan

Request

House
Committee
Mark

Senate
Committee
Mark

House %
Change from
Current Plan

Senate %
Change from
Current Plan


Total
 

4426.1

4472.5

4840.1

4672.52

9.354%

5.567%

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R&RA

3350.0

3326.9

3642.3

3514.48

8.725%

4.910%

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MRE

121.6

96.3

135.3

108.83

11.266%

-10.500%

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BIO

485.4

483.1

529.0

 

8.982%

 

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CISE

477.9

470.4

521.0

 

9.019%

 

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ENG

430.8

431.0

469.0

 

8.867%

 

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GEO

562.2

558.5

613.0

 

9.036%

 

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MPS

850.8

863.6

927.0

 

8.956%

 

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SBE

164.4

163.2

179.0

 

8.881%

 

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OPP

273.3

276.6

299.0

 

9.404%

 

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IA

97.7

80.6

106.0

 

8.495%

 

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EHR

785.6

872.4

886.0

872.41

12.780%

11.050%

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S&E

160.89

170.04

170.04

170.04

5.687%

5.687%

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IG

6.27

6.76

6.76

6.76

7.815%

7.815%

RRA-Research and Related Activities
MRE - Major Research Equipment
BIO - Biological Sciences
CISE- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
ENG - Engineering
GEO - Geosciences
MPS - Mathematics and Physical Sciences
SBE - Science, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
OPP - Polar Research Programs
IA - Integrative Activities
EHR - Education and Human Resources
S&E - Salaries and Expenses
IG - Office of Inspector General

Report language in the Senate bill provides for a number of changes from the budget request, including:

+ $75 million for disciplinary research;
+ $25 million for nanoscale science and engineering (request $173.7 million);
+ $25 million for information technology research (request $215.53 million);
+ $10 million for plant genome research (request $ 65.0 million);
+ $5 million for mathematics initiative (request $20.0 million);
+ $25 million for major research instrumentation (request $50.0 million);
+ $10 million for regional innovation clusters (not in request);
+ $12.5 million to offset increased fuel costs for user facilities affected by increased fuel costs.

The committee also added $10 million to maintain the Homestake mine site in Lead, South Dakota, pending a full report on the feasibility of developing the site as a possible deep underground laboratory for physics, geosciences, and extreme biology.

In the Major Research Equipment account the committee added $12.5 million for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope.

The Education and Human Resources account was provided the requested $86.78 million increase, for a total of $872.41 million. Within that account $130 million is identified for the President's Mathematics and Science Partnership Initiative, to be augmented with $60 million from the H-1B visa Nonimmigrant Petitioner receipts.

The EPSCoR activity was increased by $10 million to $85 million and $5 million was added to the Partnerships for Innovation program, bringing it to $15 million. $20 million from the EHR account is specified for a new undergraduate workforce initiative to increase the number of degree recipients in science and engineering.

The Graduate Education program is increased by $15 million (to $110.5 million), reflecting the committees agreement that graduate stipends need to be increased if we are to reverse declining graduate school enrollments. An additional $8 million was targeted to stimulated competitive research in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the HBCU Undergraduate Program was increased by $2 million (to $16 million).

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