The National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova outlined President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request to Congress for NSF. The FY17 request calls for $8 billion for NSF, an increase of 6.7 percent or about $500 million over the enacted FY16 budget.
Funding priorities for FY2017 include research that addresses issues of major scientific and societal importance. For example:
- Clean Energy Technologies would receive $512 million, an increase of $141 million over FY2016.
- Understanding the Brain would receive $142 million in FY2017.
- Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) would receive $62 million.
- Risk and Resilience would receive $43 million. This is a research portfolio addressing the nation’s need for resilience in response to disasters — both natural and man-made — through both core programs and focused activities.
- NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners that have been Underrepresented for Diversity in Engineering and Science) would receive $16 million.
The president’s FY2017 budget includes $400 million in new, one-time mandatory funding. These funds will bolster the fundamental, curiosity-driven inquiry that is the agency’s principal contribution to the nation’s science and technology enterprise.
The Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate budget request for FY17 is $994.80 million, an increase of $40.4 million from FY16. This includes $938.43 million in discretionary funding and $56.37 million in new one-time mandatory/direct spending authority.
CISE programs highlighted in the budget are:
- National Strategic Computing Initiative would receive $19.70 million to maximize benefits of HPC for scientific discovery and economic competitiveness.
- Smart and Connect communities would receive $16.50 million to improve quality of life, health, well-being and learning in communities.
- Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace would receive $70.50 million to secure our nation’s cyberspace, including exploring the emerging area of the science of privacy.
- National Robotics Initiative (NRI) would be a part of the Cyber-Enabled Materials, Manufacturing, and Smart Systems (CEMMSS) investment of $92.50M to develop the next generation of collaborative robots to enhance personal safety, health, and productivity.
- A portion of CISE funding will continue to support the exploration of a National Brain Observatory to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the brain.
For more information on the overall NSF budget, see the full FY 2017 Budget Request.