NSF Congressional Highlight
Senate Appropriators Recommend One Percent Increase for NSF
June 23, 2005
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2006 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations (CJS) bill and provided $5.53 billion for the National Science Foundation. The appropriation is $58.1 million (1.1%) above the FY 2005 estimated budget and $74 million below the FY 2006 request (1.3%).
The Research and Related Activities (R&RA) account is funded at $4.35 billion, $125 million (3%) and $11.7 million (0.3%) above the FY 2005 appropriated and FY 2006 request levels, respectively. Specifically, the Committee increased funding above the request for the National Radio Astronomy Observatories (+$4 million to $51.4 million) and the Plant Genome Research Program (+$6 million to $100 million). The National Nanotechnology Initiative ($243.0 million), Polar Research Activities ($386.9 million), the Office of International Science and Engineering ($34.5 million), and the multi-year Human and Social Dynamics research area ($39.5 million) are to be funded at the FY 2006 request levels.
The Education and Human Resources (EHR) account is funded at $747 million, $94.4 million (11%) below the current level and $10 million (1%) above the request. The Committee recommended the amounts in the FY 2006 budget request for the Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Undergraduate Program ($25 million), the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation ($35 million), and the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program ($10 million). Additionally, the Committee provided $6 million and $4 million above the request for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program and Math and Science Partnership (MSP), respectively.
In the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account, the Committee provided $193.4 million, $19.7 million (11%) above the current level and $56.7 million (23%) below the budget request. The Committee provided the requested levels for all ongoing projects except Rare Symmetry Violating Processes (RSVP), which was zeroed out.
The NSF's Salaries and Expenses account is funded at $229.9 million, $6.7 million (3%) over the current level and $39.1 million (15%) below the request. The National Science Board is provided $4 million, up $32,000 from last year. The Office of the Inspector General is funded at $11.5 million, $1.5 million over the current level.
The CJS spending bill also funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, as well as the Small Business Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, NASA, U.S. Trade Representative, and the SEC. The bill was reported out by a vote of 28-0.
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