Funding slated to decrease for some U.S. science agencies



Nearly five months into Fiscal Year 2007 (FY2007), U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on 15 February legislation that sets funding for most of the federal government through 30 September. While funding for research and development at some science agencies—particularly those included in the American Competitiveness Initiative, such as the U.S. National Science Foundation—will increase over FY2006, R&D funding at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decline.

Further, the funding situation for NOAA, USGS, and EPA is not likely to improve in FY2008. If the president's budget requests for these agencies, which was released on 5 February (see Eos 88(1') and 88(8), 2006), is passed, their R&D budgets would decline even more.