Despite Lean Times, Obama Wants R&D Hikes - Science News
Research into climate change and advanced manufacturing will see substantially increased federal support next year if President Obama gets his way, as will education in the STEM fields — science, technology, education and mathematics. The president’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2013, unveiled February 13, calls for slight increases across most research spending categories. In some areas, the recommended spending boosts would vastly outpace inflation.
Proposed spending on research and development generally, both civilian and defense, would total $140.8 billion for fiscal year 2013. That’s virtually the same as this year’s $138.9 billion after accounting for estimated inflation of 1.4 percent. (All subsequent funding changes have been adjusted to account for this projected inflation.) But the nondefense portion of that total would rise nearly $3.1 billion to $64.9 billion, a net increase of 3.5 percent.
“This budget follows similar priorities of previous Obama budgets,” says veteran budget analyst Albert Teich, who until his retirement in December had been director of science and policy programs with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. “And they’re worthy priorities,” he adds. “Obama has been as good a friend of science and technology as we’ve ever seen in the White House.”