AAAS: Federal R&D Budget Analysis

Press Release From: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2002

On Monday, February 4, the Bush Administration released its $2.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2003. Two days later, AAAS released its preliminary analysis of proposed R&D funding in this budget. For a free, downloadable copy of this analysis, visit

/ The total request for federal R&D in the new budget is a record $112 billion. Basic research would grow by 8.5 percent or $2.0 billion to $25.5 billion. The biggest increases will go to DOD and NIH. For other agencies, including NSF, DOE, and NASA, the picture is decidedly mixed.

You probably know these basic facts, which have been widely reported in the press. The AAAS analysis, however, goes behind the headlines and looks at R&D in the context of the overall budget situation and the funding trends of recent years. It will help you understand how the budget process will play out in the coming months and how the science and engineering communities can play a role.

The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program -- an objective, non-partisan effort -- is widely recognized as the most timely and authoritative source of information on the future prospects for federal funding of science and engineering.

More detailed, updated analyses will be posted regularlyNegnd the full AAAS Report on R&D in the FY 2003 Budget, prepared in collaboration by AAAS and more than 20 of its affiliated societies, will be available on the web in late March and in hard copy in early April.

For more information, please contact Kei Koizumi at the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program at or (202) 326 6607.


Alan I. Leshner
Chief Executive Officer

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