National Science Foundation presents FY 2018 budget request
$6.65B request will fund basic research and education in all fields of science and engineering
National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova today publicly presented President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 NSF budget request to Congress.
The FY 2018 NSF budget request of $6.65 billion reflects NSF's commitment to establishing clear priorities in areas of national importance and identifying the most innovative and promising research ideas that will yield the highest return on investment for the nation. It supports fundamental research that will drive the U.S. economy, support our nation's security, and keep the U.S. a global leader in science, engineering and technology.
"For nearly seven decades, NSF investments in fundamental and transformational research have catalyzed discoveries that impact the lives and livelihoods of all Americans," Córdova said. "This proposal allows us to determine the priorities for funding across the spectrum of science and engineering; facilitates interdisciplinary research and our goal to broaden participation in science; funds the construction of large facilities that will transform our understanding of nature; and seeds innovation and discovery by initiating our 10 Big Ideas."
Detailed information on the FY 2018 budget request is available beginning today on the NSF website.
NSF continues to bring together researchers from all fields of science and engineering to address today's challenges through foundation-wide activities. The agency continues to efficiently invest in the fundamental research and talented people who make the innovative discoveries that transform our future. NSF remains committed to supporting cross-disciplinary investments that would have significant scientific, national and societal impact.
Under the budget request:
In FY 2016, NSF provided 27 percent of total federal support for academic basic research in all science and engineering fields in the United States. Approximately 2,000 U.S. colleges, universities and other institutions received NSF funding. The vast majority of NSF's funding -- about 93 percent -- is committed to supporting research, education and related activities. Thus, most of NSF's budget goes back to states and localities through the grants and awards the agency makes.
NSF expects to evaluate over 50,000 proposals in FY 2018 and, through its competitive merit review process, make nearly 11,000 awards, including 8,000 new research grants. Reflecting a decrease of $841 million from the FY 2016 actuals, this is an estimated funding rate of 19 percent, down from 21 percent in FY 2016.
NSF's FY 2018 support through grants and other awards is anticipated to reach an estimated 300,000 researchers, postdoctoral fellows, trainees, teachers and students who will make the innovative discoveries that transform our future. The support is divided equally among individuals, teams, centers and major facilities.
In her budget presentation, Córdova highlighted how robust NSF investments in research have returned exceptional dividends to the American people, expanding knowledge, improving lives and ensuring our security.
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) 2017, 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.
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