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NSF Congressional Highlight

House Appropriations Committee Maintains NSF Funding Levels

July 28, 2011

On Wednesday, July 13, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations marked up the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (CJS) and provided $6.9 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Committee held NSF's budget flat relative to the FY 2011 enacted level, but changed the appropriated levels for three of NSF's six accounts.

The Research and Related Activities (R&RA) account received $5.6 billion. This change is roughly a 1 percent ($43 million) increase over the FY 2011 enacted level and a 10 percent ($647 million) decrease below President Obama's budget request. The Education and Human Resources (EHR) account is funded at $835 million, a decrease of 3 percent ($26 million) compared to the FY 2011 enacted level, and 8 percent ($77 million) below the President's request. The Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account is funded at $100 million; nearly 15 percent ($17 million) below the FY 2011 enacted level and 55 percent ($125 million) below the President's request.

The account levels for Agency Operations and Award Management (AOAM), National Science Board (NSB), and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) all equal the FY 2011 enacted levels.

These figures do not reflect a 0.1% across-the-board rescission that was adopted during the markup.

NSF FUNDING BY APPROPRIATIONS

(Dollars in millions)

  FY 2011 Enacted FY 2012 Request House Commit-tee Mark
FY 2012
FY 2012 House Commit-tee Mark vs
FY 2012 Request-Amount
FY 2012 House Commit-tee Mark vs
FY 2012 Request-Percent
FY 2012 House Commit-tee Mark vs
FY 2011 Enacted-Amount
FY 2012 House Commit-tee Mark vs
FY 2011 Enacted-Percent
R&RA $5,563.87 $6,253.54 $5,606.96 -$646.58 -10.3% $43.09 0.8%
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EHR $861.03 $911.20 $835.00 -76.20 -8.4% -26.03 -3.0%
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MREFC $117.06 $224.68 $100.00 -124.68 -55.5% -17.06 -14.6%
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AOAM $299.40 $357.74 $299.40 -58.34 -16.3% 0.00 0.0%
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OIG $13.97 $15.00 $13.97 -1.03 -6.9% 0.00 0.0%
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NSB $4.53 $4.84 $4.53 -0.31 -6.4% 0.00 0.0%
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Total, NSF $6,859.87 $7,767.00 $6,859.87 -$907.13 -11.7% $0.00 0.0%

Totals may not add due to rounding.