NSF would take a hit in Senate fiscal year 2012 funding proposal

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee cut NSF’s funding by $161 million
As Congressional wrangling on the Fiscal Year 2012 budget continues, the Senate has weighed in with a proposed level of support for the National Science Foundation (NSF) far lower than the “flat” funding (equal to current Fiscal Year 2011) recommended by the House. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee cut NSF’s funding by $161 million for Fiscal Year 2012, to a total of $6.7 billion for NSF overall compared with a current funding level of $6.9 billion. Even within the flat budget proposed by the House, the NSF research account would see an increase of $43 million over Fiscal Year 2011, whereas much of the overall cut proposed by the Senate ($121 out of the $161 million) is targeted at that same research account. APA and scientific colleagues will continue to urge Congressional appropriations negotiators to accede to the House request for NSF in ongoing deliberations.