NSF funding of the Earth sciences


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Reflected in the current FY 1980 House and Senate actrons on the budget requests of the National Science Foundation is a trend of increases that should have favorable effect on support of earth science research. The calculated inflation rate for scientific equipment and other costs is usually two or three times the national rate, but even with that difference, it is obvious that the budgets for the near future will be supporting more research than before. A glance at the earth science budget breakdown indicates that among the research portions, geophysics and geochemistry budgets are growing faster than the geology budget, but these differences are mostly the results of the differences in cost types and related inflation (See Table). There are, in some instances, special reasons for what appear to be unusually large increases, but once in the overall budget, an increase has a tendency to remain and increase. For example, between FY 1978 and FY 1979, support of geochemistry increased from $7.7 to $1 0.2 million because of a special supplement designated for instruments and for a portion of the NASA Lunar Sample Study program that was placed under NSF's auspices. Note, however, that the budget for FY 1980 still contains those special supplements.