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NSF Congressional Highlight

NSF Budget Goes to Congress

April 9, 2001

Today, President Bush's FY 02 budget proposal, including a $4.47 billion request for NSF, was delivered to Congress. The FY 02 NSF request is a 1.3 percent increase over last year's figure. A breakdown of budget categories shows an 11% increase in education and human resources and 6 to 8 percent increases for salaries and expenses and the Inspector General, respectively. These increases are buffered by a 20.6 percent reduction in major research equipment (MRE) and a slight decrease (0.5 percent) in research-related activities, which at $3.43 billion constitute nearly three quarters of the NSF budget.

(in $ millions)


FY 01

FY 02


Research & Related




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Education & Human
$786 $872 11.0%
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Major Research
$121 $96 -20.6%
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Salaries &
$161 $170 5.9%
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Inspector General (OIG) $6 $7 7.8%
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Total NSF $4,416 $4,472 1.3%

Highlights of the budget proposal include:

The $200 million Math and Science Partnerships Initiative aims to enhance K-12 student achievement in these areas through alliances between state and local K-12 school districts and institutions of higher education. This initiative is part of President Bush's No Child Left Behind plan for K-12 education reform.

NSF requests funds to increase graduate fellowship stipends from $18,000 to $20,500 annually, under the Graduate Research Fellowships, GK-12, and IGERT programs. This increase is needed to ensure adequate numbers of students are willing and able to enter graduate school and meet the demands of today's technology-based workforce.

$20 million of the FY 02 budget will be invested in interdisciplinary mathematics research, enabling cutting-edge mathematicians to address problems in the physical, biological and social sciences.

Increased investments will be focused on four research priority areas:



Biocomplexity in the Environment

$58 million (5.9 percent increase over FY 01)

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Information Technology Research $273 million (5.0 percent increase over FY 01)
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Nanoscale Science and Engineering $174 million (16.1 percent increase over FY 01)
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Learning for the 21st Century $126 million (3.3 percent increase over FY 01)

The George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, the Large Hadron Collider, and terascale computing systems are the three projects slated to receive continued funding under the MRE budget line in FY 02.

The entire NSF FY 02 budget proposal is on-line at:

See also: