FASEB Federal Science Budget Information

Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other science agencies is provided through the federal budget and appropriations process which usually begins in February when the President submits his budget request to Congress for the fiscal year that begins on October 1 of the current year. For example, the budget request President Obama sent to Congress in February 2015 was for fiscal year 2016, which begins on October 1, 2015. In March and April, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees review the President’s budget request and hear testimony from the federal agencies about the spending proposals. From May through September, the Appropriations Committees assemble and consider the 12 annual appropriations bills that provide funding for each agency. Each of the 12 appropriations bills must be passed by the House and Senate before they can become law. If Congress fails to pass the appropriations bills by September 30, a “continuing resolution” must be approved in order to keep the government funded on a temporary basis until the budget is finalized.

FY 2016 Appropriations Status for Research Agencies
Updated June 24, 2015

 Agency FASEB Recommendation
President's FY 2016 Budget
House Appropriations Committee Recommendation
Senate Appropriations Committee Recommendation
 NIH  $32 billion
 $31.3 billion
 $31.20 billion  $32 billion
 NSF  $7.72 billion
 $7.72 billion
 $7.39 billion
 $7.34 billion
 $5.34 billion
 $5.33 billion
 $5.1 billion  $5.14 billion
 VA  $622 million
 $622 million
 $619 million
 $622 million
 AFRI  $450 million
 $450 million

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