The National Science Foundation’s budget request, released today, is expected to be one of the most controversial in decades.
It is expected by many to push the boundaries of how the agency will handle information about American education.
The NSSF requested $7.2 billion for 2017-2021, which will fund a total of more than $16 billion.
“We’re really hoping that Congress will allow the NSF to continue to focus on this important, complex task of supporting the future generations of Americans, including our young people,” NSF Director and Vice President Richard Sullivan said in a statement.
“The NSF has a history of investing in research that provides valuable insight into our country’s health, education, and workforce needs.”
The NSFs budget proposal is a response to a number of high-profile budget battles over the past decade, including a fight over the National Science Education Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and a bill that sought to create a federal “public-private partnerships” program.
The $7 billion is a small amount of money, but the NSFs proposed request is expected, especially given that the agency has had to contend with funding cuts over the years.
In the past, the NSFW had budgeted to pay for $10 billion a year for the next two decades, according to the NSFS.
However, in 2021 and 2022, the agency slashed its funding for the following two years.
“The NSFW’s budget for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 fiscal years will be approximately $7-8 billion,” the agency said in its budget request.
“While the agency’s proposed budget is lower than the current baseline, the proposed funding is consistent with the NSFH’s stated goal of spending at least $10-11 billion in 2021-23.”
While it’s still unclear how the NSFF will be able to afford its proposed budget, the NSSFs proposed budget would still be the lowest it has been since the agency was founded in 1903.
“It is disappointing that we are not able to meet the needs of our students and families with more than the minimum levels of funding,” Sullivan said.
The NSFS’ proposed budget will be presented to Congress at the end of January.