NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Receive Boost in President’s Budget

President Obama's proposed 2010 budget increased the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s by 8.5% and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) by 6.9%, in comparison to the current year's budget.

In the detailed Fiscal Year 2010 budget release from President Obama, the National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive $7.045 billion, an increase of $555 million or 8.5% over estimated current year funding. Within the overall budget, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), a major source of support for psychological research, would get an increase of $16.7 million or 6.9% in Fiscal Year 2010 for a total of $257 million. Science GRO has been an active advocate for SBE and will continue to urge Congress to fund NSF and its portfolio of behavioral and social science at these levels.