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News Release 13-169

Recent NSF study details post-stimulus decrease in federal research funding

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The decline in federal obligations in FY 2011 was a result of the 2009 ARRA funds obligated in 2010.

September 26, 2013

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According to recent data collected by the National Science Foundation (NSF), current federal obligations for research decreased between fiscal year (FY) 2010 and FY 2011. The data revealed a 9 percent decline, from $64 billion in FY 2010 to $58 billion in FY 2011.

The decrease was due to the last of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds being obligated in FY 2010.

The ARRA funds accounted for $5.7 billion, or 9 percent, of research obligations in FY 2010. Research funding was estimated to remain steady at $58 billion in FY 2012, and obligations projected to increase by three percent to $60 billion in FY 2013.

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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) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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