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Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2006–08


General Notes


This report is volume 56 of the Federal Funds series of detailed statistical tables. It presents data collected by the Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development for the federal fiscal years 2006–08. In February 2007 the survey was sent to all federal agencies identified as conducting R&D programs, and 28 agencies reported R&D funding levels as of the second quarter of FY 2007. The basis for reporting is determined by fiscal year.

  • FY 2006 data are completed transactions
  • FY 2007 data are estimates of congressional appropriation actions and apportionment and reprogramming decisions
  • FY 2008 data are estimates of administration budget proposals not yet acted on

Subsequent volumes in this series will show authorization, appropriation, deferral, and apportionment actions completed after these data were collected.

The data tables provide R&D totals as outlays and obligations. Obligations data are sorted as follows:

  • Character of work (basic research, applied research, development, R&D plant)
  • Federal agency
  • Field of science or engineering (for research but not for development)
  • Geographical area
  • Performer

Each year, agencies report obligations or outlays incurred or expected to be incurred in that year, no matter when the agencies' funds were authorized, appropriated, or received. Agencies report R&D funding whether or not their budgets itemize funds for research, development, and R&D plant.

Because many agency R&D programs are not identified as budget line items, agency officials must identify R&D and R&D plant activities within broader programs. Accuracy of the data depends on how well federal respondents meet these survey requirements. In 2009 the Department of the Air Force (USAF) notified NSF that it has been underreporting its major systems development totals since FY 2000. USAF is in the process of providing revised totals, which NSF will publish after review and validation. The revised figures will affect USAF, Department of Defense, and all agencies' totals for development and for R&D. Totals for other agencies, for research, and for R&D plant will not be affected.

For trend comparisons, use only the historical data for fiscal years 1987–2008 in tables 96 through 131 of this report. These tables incorporate changes agencies have made in prior-year data to reflect program reclassifications. Do not use data published earlier.

Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2006–08
Detailed Statistical Tables | NSF 10-303 | October 2009


From FY 2000 to FY 2007 Department of the Air Force (AF) did not report BA 6.7 Operational Systems Development data to the Survey of Federal Funds for R&D because the agency misunderstood reporting requirements. During the Volume 57 data collection cycle AF corrected this error. Tables 1–5, 8, 11, 14, 49, 80, 82–85, 87–90, 92, 95, 97, 99, 103, 105, 115, 116, 120, 129  have been replaced with corrected versions.