The National Science Foundation requested $599.00 million for the
Education and Human Resources Directorate for FY 1996. This is a
decrease of $6.97 million, or 1.2%, from the current year budget of
Declines in various programs are usually small. NSF Director Neal
Lane explained in a budget briefing last week that a period of
evaluation was now appropriate. The seven activities this
directorate funds are:
EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM REFORM: The budget would decline by $1.09
million (1.1%) from $96.44 million to $95.35 million. The budget
document states: "Although the FY 1996 request...represents a
slight reduction from the FY 1995 level, the USI [Urban Systemic
Initiatives] will be able to sustain their activities and the RSI
[Rural Systemic Initiatives] will provide up to two implementation
awards. SSI [Statewide Systemic Initiatives] will begin its sixth
year and several states, from the first cohort, will move into
PHASE II where exemplary activities will receive support for an
additional 2 - 5 years."
EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM TO STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH: The budget
would decline by $1.01 million (2.7%) from $36.92 million to $35.91
million. The budget document states the request "will enable the
Activity to continue supporting systemic improvements in the
science and technology enterprises of the 19 participating
jurisdictions at the FY 1995 level. There will be a slight
decrease in the number of awards made to EPSCoR programs jointly
funded in the Foundation and innovation awards under EPSCoR's
Experimental Systemic Initiative (EIS)."
ELEMENTARY, SECONDARY, AND INFORMAL EDUCATION: The budget would
decline by $1.60 million (0.8%) from $195.75 million to $194.15
million. Within this activity are four subactivity budgets. The
first subactivity, Student Support, would remain unchanged at
$10.00 million. The second subactivity, Curriculum Development,
would decline by $0.60 million (1.2%) from $48.78 million to $48.18
million. The third subactivity is Teacher Enhancement and
Development, which would decline $1.00 million (1.0%) from $100.97
million to $99.97 million. Informal Science Education, the fourth
subactivity, remains unchanged at $36.00 million. The budget
document states, "There will be a slight decrease in the number of
awards for new materials development and teacher enhancement
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: The budget would decline by $0.82 million
(1.0%) from $84.25 million to $83.43 million. There are two
subactivity budgets. Curriculum and Laboratory Development would
decline $0.55 million (0.9%) from $59.15 million to $58.60 million.
Teacher and Faculty Development would decline by $0.27 million
(1.1%) from $25.10 million to $24.83 million. The budget document
states: "The FY 1996 budget...will result in a modest reduction in
the number of awards made."
GRADUATE EDUCATION: The budget remains unchanged at $66.79 million.
The budget document states: "The current level of active Graduate
Fellows and Graduate Minority Fellows, will be sustained at 2,360
during 1995-1996.... "Graduate Research Traineeships will be
supported at $13.00 million, unchanged from FY 1995. These funds
will support the out-year commitments for about 520 traineeship
positions awarded in prior years. No new traineeship positions are
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT: The budget would decline by $1.95
million (2.5%) from $76.75 million to $74.80 million. There are
four subactivities. Precollege Education spending would decline
$0.45 million (2.8%) from $16.28 million to $15.83 million.
Undergraduate Student Support remains unchanged at $26.41 million.
The third subactivity, Research and Education Infrastructure,
declines by $1.25 million (7.9%) from $15.79 million to $14.54
million. The fourth subactivity, Opportunities for Women and
Persons with Disabilities, declines $0.25 million (1.4%) from
$18.27 million to $18.02 million. The budget document states: "The
FY 1996 Budget...will decrease support available for new projects."
RESEARCH, EVALUATION AND COMMUNICATIONS: The budget would decline
by $0.50 million (1.0%) from $49.07 million to $48.57 million.
There are three subactivities. The Research request is unchanged
at $13.03 million. The Evaluation Subactivity request is also
unchanged at $10.27 million. The Technology Utilization budget
declines $0.50 million (1.9%) from $25.77 million to $25.27