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NSF Congressional Highlight

Consolidated Appropriations Act of FY 2015

January 9, 2015

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the President signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (Public Law No. 113-235). The legislation will provide the National Science Foundation with $7.344 billion, an increase of $172 million (or 2.3 percent) over the FY 14 Current Plan (CP) level of $7.172 billion, and is $89 million (or 1.2 percent) above the President's FY 15 request.

In the Omnibus, the Research and Related Activities (RRA) Account receives $5.934 billion, $132 million (2.2 percent) above the CP, and $126 million (2.2 percent) above the request. The Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate is given $866 million in the bill, an increase of $20.6 million (2.4 percent) over the CP, but $24 million (2.7 percent) below the request. The Major Research, Equipment and Facilities Construction account (MREFC) is funded at $200.76 million, $0.76 million over the CP, and equal to the request. The Agency Operation and Awards Management (AOAM) account is given $325 million, $18 million (5.8 percent) over the CP, but is $13 million (4.1 percent) below the request. The National Science Board (NSB) is provided $4.37 million, an increase of 1.6 percent from the CP, and equal to the request. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) receives $14.43 million, an increase of 1 percent over the CP, and equal to the request.

The full report language is appended below.

FY 15 Omnibus Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS)

Omnibus FY 15 Mark

      Delta Mark vs CP   Delta Mark vs 15 Req
  FY 15
CJS
14
CP
$ % 15
Request
$ %
R&RA 5,933.65 5,801.63 132.02 2.22% 5,807.46 126 2.13%
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EHR 866.00 845.44 20.56 2.37% 889.75 (24) -2.74%
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MREFC 200.76 200.00 0.76 0.38% 200.76 - 0.00%
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AOAM 325.99 306.26 18.74 5.77% 338.23 (13) -4.07%
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NSB 4.37 4.30 0.07 1.60% 4.37 - 0.00%
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OIG 14.43 14.28 0.15 1.04% 14.43 - 0.00%
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TOTAL 7,344.205 7,171.91 172 2.35% 7,255 89 1.21%
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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

This Act includes $7,344,205,000 for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES

This Act includes $5,933,645,000 for Research and Related Activities (R&RA). NSF's R&RA reduction and consolidation proposals are incorporated unless specifically noted otherwise in this statement or in language in either the House or Senate report that is not modified or superseded by this statement.

Neuroscience. - House report language regarding funding and policy for neuroscience at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is adopted by reference. Furthermore, NSF is encouraged to work in conjunction with the Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience (IWGN) and the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative to establish a National Brain Observatory working group to determine how to use the data infrastructure of the NSF, the Department of Energy’s national laboratory network, and other applicable agencies to help neuroscientists collect, standardize, manage, and analyze the large amounts of data that will result from research attempting to understand how the brain functions. NSF shall report to the Committees on Appropriations not later than 180 days after enactment of this Act on the progress of this effort.

MAJOR RESEARCH EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION

This Act includes $200,760,000 for Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction.

EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES

This Act includes $866,000,000 for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The agreement includes $66,000,000 for Advanced Technological Education; $32,000,000 for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program; $46,000,000 for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation; and $13,500,000 for the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program. NSF's EHR termination and reduction proposals are incorporated unless specifically noted otherwise in this statement or in language in either the House or Senate report that is not modified or superseded by this statement.

Broadening participation programs .-Within existing funding for these programs, the agreement includes up to $3,000,000 to create effective models of intervention to nurture students in STEM subjects from K -12 through undergraduate studies, as described in the Senate report. NSF shall comply with House direction to meet the needs of Hispanic Serving Institutions through existing NSF programs and shall report to the Committees no later than 180 days after the enactment of this Act on how these activities increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of Hispanic students in STEM fields.

AGENCY OPERATIONS AND AWARD MANAGEMENT

This Act includes $325,000,000 for Agency Operations and Award Management.

OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD

This Act includes $4,370,000 for the National Science Board.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

This Act includes $14,430,000 for the Office of Inspector General.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION

This Act includes a provision that establishes terms and conditions for the transfer of funds.