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Press Statement 18-001

National Science Foundation presents FY 2019 budget request

Continued investment produces discoveries that benefit U.S. security, economy and global leadership in innovation

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The National Science Foundation invests in fundamental, basic research in science and engineering.

February 12, 2018

Today, President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF) was presented to Congress. More information on the FY 2019 budget request is available beginning today from the White House Office of Management and Budget.* NSF Director France Córdova issued the following statement:

Under the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request, NSF will continue its support for groundbreaking research in areas including computer science, biology, engineering, geoscience, mathematics, the physical sciences, and the social sciences.

As the only federal agency that invests in fundamental, basic research across all fields of science and engineering, NSF has spent nearly seven decades laying the foundation upon which the future is built. Basic research supported by NSF allowed for the emergence of fields of research such as data science, encryption, gene editing, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. Our support will foster new growth in these fields vital to the economy and security. NSF-supported research has added hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy and led to advances that benefit all Americans, from Doppler radar to MRI scans and the computer architecture that led to the internet. The President's budget request will enable us to continue that work.

We will support an expanded, enhanced U.S. scientific workforce through investments in education and development programs to ensure that every resident of this country has access to training for a career in science and engineering. By sustaining the strong U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational ecosystem, NSF helps the country maintain its ability to draw high-achieving students from other nations, adding their ingenuity to our own.

This budget allows us to continue setting priorities that responsibly allocate federal funding, through our 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments and other strategies that connect the talents of the science and engineering community with the needs of the American public.

*More details on NSF's FY2019 budget request will be provided at a later date.



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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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