Updates on NSF SBE Funding

Notes on NSF SBE Funding from FABBS Executive Director

Paula Skedsvold, JD PhD

As you may recall from the initial release of the President’s budget request on Feb. 12th, the President would provide roughly flat funding to NSF, that is after adding back funding through the Addendum to the budget. See page 148 of the budget where NSF would initially receive a 29.5% cut: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/budget-fy2019.pdf. Then see

Page 20 of the Addendum that restores funding: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Addendum-to-the-FY-2019-Budget.pdf

The initial request did not include details regarding funding for the Directorates at NSF, with the exception of Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate, which was proposed to receive flat funding.

Today, the details for the other six research Directorates were released (see press release here: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=244676&org=NSF&from=news)

The SBE Directorate is slated for a 9.1% decrease in the President’s FY 2019 budget. On the other end of the funding spectrum, Geoscience would receive a 3.3% increase. The other Directorates lie between these two anchors, with BIO proposed to receive a 0.5% cut (see: https://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2019/pdf/03_fy2019.pdf)

For an overview of the SBE budget and details about SBE Division funding, see these materials: https://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2019/pdf/28_fy2019.pdf

Again, this is just the President’s request for the FY 2019 budget. Congress will determine the funding levels — that is, after it dispenses with the FY 2018 spending plan (hopefully before March 23rd when the current CR expires).

We have much leg work to do and will let you know what may be behind the scenes with these proposed numbers.




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