Research into critical national issues at forefront of NSF's FY2017 budget request
Budget request addresses clean energy technologies, food sustainability, disaster response and education
National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova today outlined how President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2017 request for NSF supports research into critical national issues, including clean energy technologies, food sustainability, disaster response and education. The FY2017 budget requests $8 billion, an increase of about 6.7 percent, or about $500 million, over the enacted FY2016 budget.
"This budget proposes priorities that count on robust funding. It allows NSF to remain one of the country’s leaders in funding research, development and -- most importantly -- the people who are our innovators and discoverers," Córdova said.
Funding priorities for FY2017 include research that addresses issues of major scientific and societal importance. For example:
The president's FY2017 budget includes $400 million in new, one-time mandatory funding. These funds will bolster the fundamental, curiosity-driven inquiry that is the agency’s principal contribution to the nation’s science and technology enterprise. Special focus will be on advancing computational- and data-intensive areas, principally through support of early career investigators.
In her budget presentation, Córdova highlighted how NSF investments in basic research fuel discoveries and innovations, which help drive the U.S. economy and keep the United States strong and secure.
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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