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The Federal Science Budget Outlook

The goal here is to help grant professionals understand the current state-of-play and future outlook for federal extramural research. Come early November, legislators may or may not have resolved the big-picture spending cap situation, and so I will provide an overview of what that means and what might happen. I will then tell the story of particular appropriations for extramural funders of interest (likely a mix of NIH, NSF, DOD, DOE, USDA, NASA, NOAA, and a few others). I will touch on the White House budget and explain what appropriators have actually done for each agency to date. I will discuss the short-term outlook if FY 2020 appropriations have not yet been completed, and also consider the longer-term outlook with spending and revenue trends in mind, and what it portends for research.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs


Hourihan is a regular source of information and analyses on past, present, and future science budgets for policymakers and the science community. He has served in this position since 2011. Prior to joining AAAS, he served as a clean energy policy analyst at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Previously, he served as Jan Schori Fellow at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.