FY 2013 National Science Foundation Budget Request

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Publication date: 
15 February 2012

“Collaboration with our scientific community partners not  only advances science and engineering knowledge, but also furthers policy  making and understanding of our shared objectives.” – Director Subra Suresh

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Subra Suresh  delivered positive news for the FY 2013 budget request on Monday.

Suresh announced:

“I have good news to report today.  NSF has fared very well in the President’s  budget request.  But before I give you  the numbers, I would like to comment on why good news for NSF is good news for  America and for science everywhere.  In  times of constrained budgets, we need to be crystal clear about why NSF matters,  we need to be crystal clear about why it matters especially now.  In today’s changing economic landscape,  science and technology are the new frontiers of American prosperity.  The Nation’s wellbeing and global  competitiveness depend, more than ever before, on the steady stream of new  ideas and the highly skilled STEM talent that the National Science Foundation  supports.  The Nation particularly needs  the diversity and excellence of the young researchers that NSF so skillfully  nurtures.  The globalization of science  and engineering has not only led to healthy competition for ideas but also  stiff competition for science and engineering talent and for leadership in  turning knowledge into technologies and benefits for society.  For the last half century, the US has held a commanding  position in all three areas.  Our  universities rank among the best in the world.   Our scientists and engineers have led the world in discovery and  innovation.  Our entrepreneurial spirit  and know-how has created a vibrant private sector and good jobs.” 

Suresh continued:

“The NSF budget  request moves America forward by connecting the science and engineering  enterprise with benefits for Americans in areas critical to job creation and  growing economy at a higher standard of living.” 

OneNSF is the comprehensive vision for NSF.  It operates with the science and engineering  community and empowers the Foundation to respond to new challenges in the  global environment, leverage resources and opportunities for maximum impact,  and provide leadership to establish innovative practices, programs, and  paradigms that advance scientific knowledge and science, technology, engineering,  and mathematics (STEM) education.  In FY  2013 OneNSF will encompase a set of investments that create a new knowledge,  stimulate discovery, address societal problems and promote national  prosperities. 

The priorities for OneNSF in the FY 2013 budget request  are:

Cyber-enabled Materials, Manufacturing and Smart Systems  (CEMMSS): $257 million     Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century  Science and Engineering (CIF21): $106 million     Expeditions in Education (E2): $49 million     NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps): $19 million     Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary  Research and Education (INSPIRE): $63 million     Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability  (SEES): $203 million     Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC): $110 million

Total National  Science Foundation     The total request is $7,373 million which is an increase of  $340 million or 4.8% over the FY 2012 enacted budget.

There are six budget accounts within the NSF:

Research and  Related Activities     The FY 2013 budget request is $5,983.3 million which is  up $294.3 million or 5.2 percent.

Within Research and Related Activities are the following  selected Directorates:

Engineering:  Up 6.1 percent or 50.2 million from $826.2  million to $876.3 million Geosciences:  Up 2.4 percent or $21.2 million from $885.3  million to $906.4 million Mathematical and  Physical Sciences:  Up 2.8 percent or  $36.2 million from $1,308.9 million to $1,345.2 million

Within this Directorate are six Subactivities, including:

  • Astronomical  Sciences:  Up 4.3 percent or $10.0  million from $234.6 million to $244.6 million
  • Materials  Research:  Up 2.7 percent or $8.1  million  from $294.6 million to $302.6  million
  • Physics: Up 1.0 percent or $2.7 million from $277.4  million to $280.1 million
  • Mathematical  Sciences:  Up 3.0 percent or $7.2  million from $237.4 million to $245.0 million


Education and  Human Resources     The FY 2013 budget request is $875.6 million which is up  $46.6 million or 5.6 percent.

Major Research  Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC)     The FY 2013 budget request is $196.2 million which is  down $0.89 million or 0.4 percent.

In FY 2013, NSF requests funding to continue construction  of four projects: Advanced LIGO (AdvLIGO), Advanced Technology Solar Telescope  (ATST), Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), and the National Ecological  Observatory Network (NEON).  No  additional funding is required in FY 2013 for Atacama Large Millimeter Array  (ALMA).

Agency  Operations and Award Management     The FY 2013 budget request is $299.4 million which is  equal to the FY 2012 budget estimate.

National  Science Board     The FY 2013 budget request is $4.4 million which is equal  to the FY 2012 budget estimate.

Office of  Inspector General     The FY 2013 budget request is $14.2 million which is  equal to the FY 2012 budget estimate.

Other NSF FY 2013 Investment Highlights include

  • Core Fundamental Research Grant Programs: $3.2  billion
  • Advanced Manufacturing: $149 million
  • Science and Technology Centers: $74 million
  • Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS):  $51 million
  • Research at the Interface of the Biological,  Mathematical, and Physical Sciences (BioMaPS): $30 million
  • STEM Education
    • K-16  Math Education: $30 million
    • Widening  Implementation and Demonstration of Evidence-based Reforms (WIDER) program: $20  million


NSF has set three priority goals for accomplishment in FY  2012 an FY 2013: access to digital products of NSF-funded research, undergraduate  programs, and the Innovation Corps program which tests the commercial viability  of entrepreneurs emerging from university laboratories.

For more information on the FY 2013 NSF budget request,  visit the website.