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Press Release 13-006

Federal Budget Authority for R&D Declined in Fiscal Years 2011-12

Modest R&D increase proposed for fiscal year 2013

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Investment in non-defense mission areas like health and energy would increase slightly in FY 2013.
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January 18, 2013

Federal budget authority for research and development (R&D) and R&D Plant (R&D facilities and fixed equipment), declined in fiscal years 2011 and 2012, mostly due to a drop in defense-related R&D, according to a recent report from the National Science Foundation.

Under the fiscal year 2013 budget authority for R&D activities proposed by the president last year, total investment in this area would rise somewhat, although a further decrease would be seen in defense-related R&D. Investment in non-defense mission areas, such as space, energy, health and commerce, would increase slightly in fiscal year 2013.

The drop in the federal budget authority for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 follows increases each year over fiscal years 2006-10. When adjusted for inflation, the yearly rate of growth over this period averaged 0.4 percent, somewhat ahead of the U.S. economy's general pace of price increases.

For more information on this report, please contact Mark Boroush.

Please visit the NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics for more reports and other products.

-NSF-

Media Contacts
Deborah Wing, NSF, (703) 292-5344, dwing@nsf.gov

Program Contacts
Mark Boroush, NSF, (703) 292-8726, mboroush@nsf.gov

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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