\Under President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, federal research spending into all three areas — and many others — would decline abruptly. The president delivered his budget request to Congress on May 23, presenting the sharpest picture yet of his administration’s priorities for federal science spending. Some science and technology programs within agencies would see their funds increase, but the administration recommends extensive cuts to basic research overall.
For many science agencies and programs, the outlook appears stark. Some examples:
- The National Science Foundation, which funds research in all fields of science and engineering, would face an 11 percent cut.
- The U.S. Geological Survey’s budget would be cut by 15 percent.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology, where research includes cybersecurity and nanotechnology, would face a 23 percent cut.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s primary research arm, which investigates weather, climate and ocean resources, would be cut 32 percent.
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science & Technology would be cut by 37 percent.
- The budget proposes a 16 percent cut for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would take a 17 percent cut.
- Food and Drug Administration funding (not including revenue from user fees) would be cut by 30 percent.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service would fall 22 percent.
- And, as expected, the National Institutes of Health’s budget would be slashed 22 percent.