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For FY 2014, the President’s Budget requests an appropriation of $7.6 billion for NSF. This is $593 million (8.4 percent) above the FY 2012 enacted level and maintains the administration’s commitment to increase funding for basic research agencies. NSF will invest in a broad portfolio of fundamental inquiry, as well as strategic investments in areas, such as cyberinfrastructure, clean energy, and training. The budget proposes $6.2 billion for research and related activities and includes $63 million for an interdisciplinary research and education program that will elucidate new approaches to soliciting and funding interdisciplinary proposals and lays the groundwork for the future bio-economy by providing $51 million for innovative proposals at the interface of biology, math, physical science, and engineering. Moreover, the NSF budget doubles the 2012 enacted level for a cyberinfrastructure initiative that will advance high-performance computing and other data and analysis resources.
FASEB estimates that the NSF FY 2014 budget request would fund more than 325 new and continuing projects. In addition, the NSF Budget includes focused investments on scientific and engineering training, as well as the cultivation of a globally-competitive high-tech workforce. Other proposals include the consolidation of science, technology, and mathematics education programs across the federal government; the expansion of research opportunities for early college students through an increase of $13 million above the 2012 enacted level, to $79 million; and the consolidation of an array of NSF’s graduate education programs into a single $325 million fellowship entity.