DC Digest – April 11, 2013

In Today’s Issue:

  • FY14 Budget Overview
  • Nobel Laureates, Including Duke’s Lefkowitz, Urge Federal Investments in Research
  • Reactions to Obama’s Science Budget
  • NSF Basks in Double-Digit Increase


FY14 BUDGET OVERVIEW

The President released the Administration’s FY 14 budget proposal on April 10th.  The full budget can be accessed through the Office of Management and Budget website, but you can find a summary of key programs of interest to the Duke community below.  This summary was largely based upon an analysis from the Association of American Universities.

The Duke Office of Federal Relations will closely monitor the FY 14 budget process, advocating for the greatest funding levels possible for research and education programs, and welcomes the opportunity to meet with departments and/or faculty to discuss the budget in more detail.

Read More:
FY14 Budget Summary (pdf)
Full Budget – OMB Website (Whitehouse.gov)

NOBEL LAUREATES, INCLUDING LEFKOWITZ, URGE FEDERAL INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH
In a letter organized by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), nearly sixty American Nobel Laureates, including Duke’s Robert Lefkowitz, urge members of Congress to “keep the budgets of the agencies that support science at a level that will keep the pipelines full of the younger generation upon whom our economic vitality will rest in future years.”

Read More:
FAS Laureates Letter (pdf)


REACTIONS TO OBAMA’S SCIENCE BUDGET

Reactions are starting to trickle in to the research-related portions of President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget request, which was delivered to Congress on April 10. ScienceInsider will be tracking what groups are saying as they release statements on the budget. Read what Representative Lamar Smith, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, APLU, Research!America, AAU, and others are saying below.

Read More:
Reactions to Obama’s Science Budget (sciencemag.org)


OBAMA’S 2014 SCIENCE BUDGET: NSF BASKS IN DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASE

With enough money, many things are possible.

That’s the happy position in which the National Science Foundation (NSF) finds itself after the president proposed giving the agency an increase of $741 million in 2014, to $7.62 billion. That amount is 10.8% more than NSF’s current budget of $6.88 billion, although the administration describes it as an 8.4% boost over NSF’s 2012 budget. No matter how it’s painted, the request sets NSF apart from most federal agencies that are being asked to make do with level or reduced funding.

The double-digit increase, if endorsed by Congress, would allow NSF to expand activities across the foundation.

Read More:
NSF Basks in Double-Digit Increase (sciencemag.org)