Proposed FY 2020 Spending Plan would increase support for agriculture, health and tech research
On Dec. 16, legislators released details of a FY 2020 Spending Bill expected to be signed by President Trump later this month. The plan increases spending across scientific agencies.
“With higher spending levels in line with the bipartisan budget agreement, we are scaling up funding for priorities that will make our country safer and stronger and help hardworking families get ahead,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) in a statement.
- The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) would receive an 8.5%, $111.1 million increase (although the overall ARS budget would decline by 4.6% to $1.607 billion, due to a funds the agency received for facilities construction in 2019.) USDA's competitive grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, would get a $10 million increase to $425 million.
- The National Institutes of Health would receive $330 million more for Alzheimer's disease research, for a total of $2.8 billion. The plan also provides an initial $50 million for the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, the $500 million, 10-year initiative proposed by Trump. Firearm injury and mortality prevention research would get $12.5 million.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also get $12.5 million for firearm injury and mortality-related research.
- The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy would grow by 17%, to $425 million. Its mission is to accelerate the application of basic energy research into new technologies.
- NASA would receive funds for both an orbiter and lander of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. The former would be launched in 2025, the latter in 2027. NASA would also receive a $10 million increase to STEM engagement programs.
- The National Science Foundation’s research budget would grow by 3.4% to $6.74 billion. Its education directorate would grow at a similar rate, to $947 million. An agency effort to support research efforts in specific states would increase by nearly 10%, to $190 million.
- Funding at the National Institute of Standards and Technology would go up by 4%, to $754 million, and its manufacturing extension program would grow by $6 million, to $146 million.
- Climate research programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would get a $10.5 million boost to $169.5 million.
- Basic research programs at the Department of Defense would increase 3%, to $2.6 billion. The Pentagon is a major funder of mathematics, engineering, and computer science studies.