2017-18 Federal Research Budget

Largest Research Increase in Nearly a Decade

Dear Colleagues,

As you may have read, Congress has passed a budget for the fiscal year 2018 that covers October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. This budget has much good news for federal funding of research. Indeed, the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) estimates that “total federal R&D spending would reach its highest point ever in inflation-adjusted dollars. Basic and applied research funding would receive its largest year-over-year increase since the FY 2009 Recovery Act.”
The main purpose of this message is to provide some highlights of the budgets for key federal agencies:

  • NIH increases to $37.3 billion (+3 billion over previous year).
  • NSF increases to $7.8 billion (+$300 million over previous year).
  • DOE increases to $12.9B billion (+$1.2 billion over previous year).
  • NASA increases to $20.7 billion (+1.1 billion over previous year).
  • NIST increases to $1.2 billion (+$250 million over previous year).
  • DOD Basic Research increases to $2.3 billion (+$64 million over previous year).
  • NEH increases to $152 million (+$3 million over previous year).
  • NEA increases to $152 million (+$3 million over previous year).

More detailed analysis can be found at: https://www.aau.edu/sites/default/files/AAU-Files/Key-Issues/Federal-Budget/AAU-Summary-of-the-FY18-Omnibus-at-Final-Passage.pdf

https://www.aaas.org/news/omnibus-would-provide-largest-research-increase-nearly-decade

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Pramod Khargonekar, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research
Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science