The Obama administration today presents its budget request to Congress for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins in October. ScienceInsider will be tracking the numbers and providing analysis all day. Check back frequently!
A first look at the numbers from the budget request:
- Would provide $146 billion for research and development, 5.5% above 2015 levels. R&D includes basic and applied research and technology development programs.
- $32.8 billion for basic research, a 3% increase.
- $34.1 billion for applied research, a 4% increase.
- $31.3 billion for NIH, roughly a 3% increase.
- 5.2% increase for NSF, up $379 million to $7.724 billion.
- Repeats call to make R&D tax credit permanent.
- Repeats last’s years request for $325 million for ARPA-E; Congress gave just $275 million.
- Requests $450 million for USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative; current budget is $325 million.
- $71.3 billion for overall Pentagon R&D, 9% increase.
- $3 billion request for DARPA, $101 million over 2015.
And also, check out the press release from NSF regarding the budget.