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NSF Congressional Highlight
Senate Appropriators Recommend Seven Percent Increase for NSF

July 13, 2006

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2007 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2007 and provided NSF with $5.99 billion. The appropriation is $28.3 million below NSF's FY 2007 budget request and $410.5 million over the FY 2006 enacted level (see S.Rept. 109-280).

The Research and Related Activities (R&RA) account is funded at $4,646 million -- $19.5 million below the request and $314.94 million above the current estimate. The FY 2007 request levels of $101.2 and $50.7, respectively, are provided for the Plant Genome Research program and National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The Education and Human Resources (EHR) account is funded at $835.8 million, or $19.5 million above the request level and $39.1 million above the current estimate. The increase above the request level will plus up the following programs: the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR; + $10 million to $110 million); the Historically Black Colleges and Universities—Undergraduate program (HBCU-UP; + $2 million to $32 million); the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program (+ $3.3 million to $43 million) and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion program (STEP; + $3.9 million to $30 million).

The Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account is funded at $237.3 million, or $46.4 million above the FY 2006 estimate and $3 million below the request. Five continuing projects and three new starts are funded at the request level. Ongoing projects include the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), funded at $47.9 million; EarthScope, funded at $27.4 million; IceCube Neutrino Observatory, funded at $28.7 million; Scientific Ocean Drilling Vessel (SODV), funded at $42.9 million; and South Pole Station Modernization (SPSM), funded at $9.1 million. The new starts -- the Alaska Region Research Vessel, the Oceans Observatory Initiative, and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), are funded at the FY 2007 request levels of $56, $13.5, and $12 million, respectively.

The Salary and Expenses (S&E) account is funded at $256.5 million, $9.7 million above the FY 2006 enacted level and $25.3 million below the budget request. The National Science Board and the Office of Inspector General are funded at the request levels of $3.9 and $11.9, respectively.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the FY 2007 Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on June 29, 2006 (see H.Rept. 109-520). The House version of the bill provides NSF with its full FY 2007 request of $6 billion, or $439 million over the FY 2006 enacted level versus the $411 million over the FY 2006 enacted level provided by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The $28 million-difference between the full House and Senate Appropriations Committee of the bill occur in the R&RA (House + $20 million), EHR (Senate + $4 million), and S&E (House + $12 million) accounts.

The full Senate is expected to consider the bill after the fall recess.

NSF FUNDING BY APPROPRIATION

(Dollars in millions)

FY 2006 Estimate

FY 2007 Request

Senate Committee Mark

Research and Related Activities$4,331$4,666$4,646
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Education and Human Resources797816836
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Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction 191240237
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Salaries and Expenses247282257
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National Science Board444
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Office of Inspector General 111212
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Total, NSF $5,581$6,020$5,992
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Note: Some figures are rounded for editorial purposes, and totals may not add due to rounding.

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