Volume 92 Issue 12 | pp. 26-29
Issue Date: March 24, 2014

Budget Blues

President Obama’s 2015 R&D budget request doesn’t keep up with inflation
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: budget, Department of Energy, NIH, FDA, health, NSF, 2015 federal budget, EPA, confidential business information, chemical plant safety, security, executive order, National Institute of Standards & Technology, manufacturing, research, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, patents, fee revenue, department of defense, research and development, federal funding, biodefense, lab, National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Science & Technology Directorate, NASA, USDA, agriculture

Despite the tough fiscal times, many scientists and research advocates were hoping that President Barack Obama’s support of science and technology in speeches and previous budgets would translate into proposed funding increases for fiscal 2015. But they were disappointed when the President rolled out his 2015 federal budget request earlier this month.

Overall the President is requesting a meager 1.2% increase for federal R&D funding to $135 billion in 2015, below the current rate of . . .

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