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FY25 Budget Proposal Includes Funding Increases for Most Non-Defense Science Agencies

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 12, 2024
FY25 Budget Proposal Includes Funding Increases for Most Non-Defense Science Agencies

In President Biden’s budget request for fiscal year 2025, there are significant increases proposed for non-defense science agencies such as NSF and NIST. However, research at DOD and NOAA would see notable cuts. President Biden submitted his budget request to Congress on March 11, with congressional committees now reviewing the details as they prepare their own spending proposals.

Among the agencies favored in the budget request are the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). NIST’s base budget would increase nearly 30% to $1.50 billion, while NSF’s budget would see a 12% increase to $10.18 billion. Other major funders of the physical sciences, such as the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, would also see smaller increases.

On the other hand, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research is set to face an 11% cut in funding to $646 million. In the defense sector, the budget request includes steep cuts to the Department of Defense’s early-stage science and technology programs, seeking a total of $17.2 billion, down from previous levels.

Congress has historically exceeded presidents’ budget requests for DOD’s science and technology portfolio, though the final appropriation for fiscal year 2024 is still pending. As agencies continue to release more detailed budget proposals, information will be collected in FYI’s Federal Science Budget Tracker for further analysis.

By Samantha Johnson

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