Federal Budget



FY 2015 Federal Budget

Congress passed a budget for FY 2015 in December 2015, two months after the fiscal year started.  The budget funds federal agencies through September 30, 2015. Due to a two year agreement struck between the political parties on Capitol Hill in 2013, there was some relief from the sequestration cuts in this fiscal year budget. Funding related to biophysics research is noted in the chart below. 

FY 2016 Federal Budget

The President released his proposed federal budget for FY 2016 in February 2016. His proposal includes increases for science agencies, which he pays for with increased income to the government due to an improved economy.  Without the House and Senate agreeing to some form of sequestration relief or a lifting of the caps set by the Budget Control Act of 2011, these proposed levels of funding are unlikely to become a reality.  The Society has been active in working through its coalitions and grassroots advocacy in asking Congress to provide that relief.    



FY 2015-2016 Appropriations for Science Agencies (in billions)

 

 
FY 2015 Enacted
FY 2016 as proposed by the President
Percent different between 2015 and proposed 2016
NIH
30.311*
31,311
0.5%
NSF
7.344
7.724
5.2%
DOE
Office of Science
5.071
5.340
5.4%
NASA 
Science Office
5.245
5.289
0.8%
NIST
Science & Tech Labs
0.676
0.755
11.7%

*NIH received an additional $238 to fight Ebola not accounted for in this number.