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NSF Congressional Highlight
House Appropriations Committee Approves FY03 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill

October 16, 2002

Money and flag image The House Appropriations Committee approved the subcommittee version of the FY 03 NSF budget without change today providing the agency with a 12.8 percent increase, or $614 million, over last year.

The Research and Related Activities account is increased by 15.3 percent, or $551 million, which would put it on course for doubling in five-years. Rates across the directorates are very similar, with Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, and the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Directorates all slated for 15% increases. The Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate received the requested 15.9 percent increase, within which $6 million is directed to the children's research initiative.

Within the Biological Sciences Directorate $75 million is directed to plant genomics research and $26 million for biocomplexity research. An additional $40 million is provided above the request for Major Research Instrumentation.

The Major Research Facilities Equipment and Construction account receives a 15% increase, or $21 million, over last year. The requested level of funding is provided for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, the Large Hadron Collider, the National Earthquake Engineering Simulation, and the South Pole Station. The Committee provides $25.5 million for the final installment of the High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research (HIAPER), and $24.7 million for the IceCube Neutrino Detector Observatory in Antarctica. EarthScope receives $40 million, $5 million above the request; $10 million, half of the request for Terascale Computing Systems; and the $12 million requested for the National Ecological Observatory Network is deferred without prejudice.

The Education and Human Resources Account receives an 4.1 percent increase, or $36 million, over last year. This includes $160 million of the $200 million requested for the Math and Science Partnership program; $177 million for the Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education (up $5 million from the request); $95.7 million for Human Resources Development ($5 above the request) with $2 million being added to the request for the Lois Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program; $155.6 million for undergraduate education ($20 million above the request) including adds to the request of $4 million for Advanced Technology Education program, $13 million for the STEM Talent Expansion Progam (STEP), and $3 million for the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program; $86 for EPSCoR, an increase of $11 million over the request.

The NSF Salaries and Expenses Account is increased by 14 percent above the prior year, $17 million less than the requested amount.

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(in $ millions)

FY 02
Plan

FY 03
Request

FY 03
House

Change
Over
FY 02
Plan

%
Change

Biological Sciences 508.41 525.62

584.67

76.26

15.0

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CISE 514.88 526.94

592.11

77.23

15.0

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Engineering 472.32 487.98

543.16

70.84

15.0

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Geosciences 609.47 691.07

700.89

91.42

15.0

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Math & Physical Sciences 920.45 941.57

1,058.51

138.06

15.0

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Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences 168.79 195.61

195.61

26.82

15.9

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U.S. Polar Research Programs

229.74 235.74

254.00

24.26

10.6

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U.S. Antarctic Logistical Support Activities

68.07 68.07

70.44

2.37

3.5

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Integrative Activities

106.51 110.61

150.61

44.10

41.4

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Total, Research and Related Activities

3,598.64 3,783.21

4,150.00

551.36

15.3

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Education and Human Resources

875.00 908.08

910.58

35.58

4.1

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Major Research Equipment & Facilities

138.80 126.28

159.51

20.71

14.9

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Salaries and Expenses 170.04 210.16

193.85

23.81

14.0

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Inspector General

6.76 7.70 9.00

2.24

33.1

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TOTAL NSF

4,808.54

5,035.79 5,353.36

614.40

12.8


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