Federal Research Funding
APS advocates for predicable, sustainable growth for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the biomedical research budgets of Veterans Affairs and NASA. This section has resources to keep you updated on where funding stands and how you can work to support it.

APS Urges Congress to Reject Trump Plan to Cut Research Funding

On May 23, 2017, the Trump administration released its FY 2018 budget proposal calling for large cuts to research at the NIH, NSF, NASA and the VA. The APS calls on members of Congress to reject these huge and damaging cuts to research.

FY 2017 Federal Funding Update

Update and background on proposed funding levels for NIH, NSF, the VA medical and prosthetic research, and NASA.

Obama Submits FY 2017 Budget Proposal

On February 9, 2016 President Obama submitted his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget proposal to Congress. This is his final budget so he used it to highlight various priorities, including research: If his proposals were enacted, aggregate funding for research and development would increase by 4% in FY 2017.

Congress Passes FY 2016 Funding Bills

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed a $1.067 trillion omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 2029) that will fund federal agencies and programs in fiscal year (FY) 2016, including the NIH, NSF, VA, and NASA.

Congress Introduces Authorizing Legislation for NIH, NSF

This year two committees in the House of Representatives have drafted separate legislative packages that would establish multi-year authorizations for the NIH and NSF.

FASEB Issues FY 2016 Funding Recommendations for Federal Agencies

Each year FASEB issues recommendations for research funding for biomedical and biological research. The FY 2016 report is now available on the FASEB website. Recommended minimum funding levels include NIH: $32 billion, NSF: $7.72 billion, VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program: $622 million

FY 2016 Budget Proposal Overview

On Monday, February 2, 2015 President Obama released his proposal for the FY 2016 federal budget. This document puts forward the President’s vision for government priorities and marks the start of the annual budget and appropriations cycle. The FY 2016 budget proposal asks for a 6% increase in federal spending on research and development and a 7% increase in overall discretionary spending.

Congress Finalizes FY 2015 Budgets

Congress finalized legislation that sets funding levels for federal agencies and programs, including research at the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA and the VA.

President Obama Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal

On March 4, 2014 President Obama released the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposal. The $3.9 trillion budget proposal provides a starting point for Congressional action to determine funding levels for all federal agencies and programs, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and Veterans Affairs (VA) medical and prosthetic research.

Negotiators Announce FY 14 Budget Deal

On Tuesday, December 10, House and Senate Budget negotiators announced a deal to replace $63 billion in sequestration cuts in fiscal years 2014–2015 with $85 billion in deficit reduction.

Shutdown Impacts on Research

A collection of notices from research funding and oversight agencies concerning their efforts to resume operations in the wake of the partial government shutdown:

President Releases FY 2014 Budget Plan

President Obama released his FY 2014 budget plan with ambitious increases for most biomedical research funding agencies.

Congress Passes FY 2013 Funding Bills

On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law a package of legislation (H.R. 933) that will fund federal programs through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2013, including research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA and Medical and Prosthetic Research at the VA.

APS Recommends Increased Funding for Research

As Congress considers budgets for fiscal year (FY) 2015, the APS submitted written testimony to the subcommittees that fund the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA, and the VA. For each agency the APS recommends increased funding to support the research enterprise and begin to reverse the damage done by reductions in federal spending.