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President Carter's fiscal year (FY) 1980 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF) is $1,006,000,000, an increase of 8.4% over 1979 program levels. The accompanying table summarizes the portions of the NSF budget most likely to be of interest to those in geophysics.

The decrease seen in astronomy reflects the fact that the Very Large Array (VLA) telescope is nearing completion and will require $5.1 million less in 1980 than in 1979. No start is planned for FY 1980 for another major instrument; thus funds for astronomy project support will still be significantly up.