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National Science Foundation (NSF)

FY 2015 Appropriations Update:

President Obama March 4 released his fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget, which calls for $3.9 trillion in spending.  The budget adheres to the FY 2015 discretionary (appropriated) spending levels agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act (P.L. 113-67), which provide less than a $1 billion increase for non-defense programs. Overall, the administration proposes $71.8 billion for discretionary programs under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a decrease of $206 million (0.3 percent) from FY 2014.

The president requests $7.255 billion for NSF, an $83.1 million (1.2 percent) increase over the FY 2014 level. For research and related activities, the president’s budget requests $5.807 billion, a $1.5 million (0.3 percent) decrease below the FY 2014 level.


On Feb 15. the AAMC joined 80 other scientific and research organizations in signing a letter organized by The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)  to all members of the House of Representatives. The letter urges changes to the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act of 2011 (H.R. 3433) because of the “adverse effects” the bill could have on the scientific research enterprise, including NSF. 

The GRANT Act, introduced Nov. 16, 2011, by Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), seeks to increase transparency in the evaluation and selection of federally funded proposals by establishing new standards for awarding federal grants. Among other provisions, the bill would require federal agencies to use merit-based procedures in awarding grants, directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create a public website for all federal grant opportunities, and requires that OMB post to the website specific information about funded projects, including a copy of the submitted proposal and the identity of peer reviewers. The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) is an alliance of over 100 organizations, including AAMC, united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, mathematics, and engineering enterprise. CNSF supports the goal of increasing the national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs in response to the unprecedented scientific, technological, and economic opportunities facing the United States.


Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418