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Research and Development in the Federal Budget Matt Hourihan April 23, 2013 for the Engineering Public Policy Symposium AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program.

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1 Research and Development in the Federal Budget Matt Hourihan April 23, 2013 for the Engineering Public Policy Symposium AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program

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9 Defense: -5.5% Nondefense: +9.2%

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14 Key Admin R&D Priorities Jobs / Innovation / Science Shifts from D to R, and from Defense to Nondefense COMPETES Agencies: $12.6 billion (+18% from 2012) Advanced manufacturing Permanent R&D Tax Credit STEM Reorg An Advanced Low-Carbon Economy Homeland Security (BNAF) Repeals sequestration (Continuing) trouble spots: NIH? NASA?

15 U.S. R&D INVESTMENT Defense R&D: Recent Decline DOD: $69.5b (-7%) Boost for basic, everything else cut Cuts across all military departments and agencies; DARPA flat DOE Atomic Weapons: Continued strong growth Homeland Security: National Bio and Agro- defense Facility getting built

16 U.S. R&D INVESTMENT General Science: Growth Area NSF: $6.3B for R&D (+9%) 10-year Trend: +21.9% Broad investment, especially Engineering, BIO, SBE STEM hub Peer review under scrutiny DOE Science: $4.6B for R&D (+6%) 10-year trend: 18.1% Growth everywhere but High Energy Physics Continued (but restrained) investment in ITER NIF, Exascale hit

17 U.S. R&D INVESTMENT NIH: Continued Stagnation 10-year trend: -10% Only notable boosts: NCATS, National Institute for Aging, NLM BRAIN Initiative ($40 million) Details forthcoming Big data ($41 million) Success rate ticking upward? Concerns: Basic / applied split? Impacts of sequestration?

18 U.S. R&D INVESTMENT Energy R&D: Major growth Area DOE Energy Programs: $3.1 billion (+16%) Driven by EERE, ARPA-E And in spite of fossil energy cuts Double 2004 levels But nuclear energy, once a driver, is cut this year Key point of Congressional conflict

19 U.S. R&D INVESTMENT NASA R&D: Discontinuity? Science cut; few notable boosts Planetary science continued target for cuts Aeronautics remains flat Congressional conflicts: Asteroid vs. Moon? Commercial crew increases? What about exploration? Orion, SLS cut

20 U.S. R&D INVESTMENT Next steps… The BIG question: resolving differences over discretionary spending How does Congress fit a $1057 billion budget into a $966 billion hole? Further details on STEM strategy Consolidation/reduction plus spending boost (DOEd, Smithsonian, NSF) COMPETES NSF research and peer review?

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