Important Numbers - Physical Sciences Funding: 1989 to 2009

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Publication date: 
6 February 2012
Number: 
15

Accompanying  the recent National Science Board’s “Science and Engineering Indicators 2012,”is a large appendix of statistics.  Of note is Appendix table 4-35, “Federal  obligations for research, by detailed S&E [Science & Engineering]  field: Selected years, FY 1989 – 2009.

This  table is particularly useful because in addition to providing funding levels in  current dollars it also presents the figures in “Constant FY 2005 $millions.”  A note to this table explains “Figures for FY  2009 include obligations from the additional federal R&D funding  appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” – more generally  known as the stimulus bill.

Selected  data from the table follows, shown in millions of constant FY 2005 dollars:

Physics:

1989:  $3,150.4     1994:  $3,048.5     1999:  $2,548.9     2004:  $2,683.4     2005:  $3,041.3     2006:  $2,902.5     2007:  $2,758.8     2008:  $2,724.3     2009:  $3,040.7

 

Astronomy:

1989:  $779.3     1994:  $932.9     1999:  $869.5     2004:  $950.8     2005:  $884.9     2006:  $766.3     2007:  $615.6     2008:  $484.4     2009:  $608.2

 

Geological  Sciences:

1989:  $780.6     1994:  $1,045.7     1999:  $757.4     2004:  $727.5     2005:  $673.5     2006:  $632.3     2007:  $598.8     2008:  $474.9     2009:  $683.0

 

Oceanography:

1989:  $707.4     1994:  $619.9     1999:  $753.2     2004:  $835.5     2005:  $771.5     2006:  $721.1     2007:  $739.4     2008:  $723.7     2009:  $755.4

 

Engineering  – Metallurgy and Materials

1989:  $749.2     1994:  $1,062.4     1999:  $904.0     2004:  $1,071.0     2005:  $1,184.1     2006:  $1,208.7     2007:  $1,389.0     2008:  $1,490.1     2009:  $1,560.6

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