National Science Foundation trends in funding for research in universities in the Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) during the 5-year period 1975–1980 show gradual increases (see figure). The trend for ocean sciences has taken a mostly continuous increase that will continue if the Ocean Margin Drilling Program is supported in fiscal year 1983 as proposed. Support of the program has been in jeopardy in Congress during the past months, but right now the prospects for continued support of the project appear to be favorable.
Astronomical sciences have what appears to be a levelling off in funding, but at a substantial base. Astronomy will be getting a boost in one sector—space telescope—during the present decade, with NASA funding.