DC Digest – Special FY16 Budget Edition
DC DIGEST – SPECIAL FY16 BUDGET EDITION
**February 2, 2015**
The Administration released its nearly $4 trillion budget for FY 2016 this morning. The plan would end sequestration and raise discretionary budget caps put in place in 2011, resulting in $1.091 trillion in proposed discretionary spending and a slew of new programs and initiatives. The $74 billion increase in discretionary spending is offset by various budget cuts and new tax revenues. The overall plan has been declared “dead on arrival” by the Republican-controlled Congress, but there are smaller pieces within that could garner bipartisan support.
In terms of overall research and development, the budget provides a 6 percent increase for R&D, including increases in basic research. The budget prioritizes investments in biomedical research—like the BRAIN and the new Precision Medicine initiatives — and advanced manufacturing technology. Agricultural research, clean energy, and climate resilience and sustainability research are also emphasized.
Below are highlights of the top line budget levels for Duke-specific funding priorities. OFR can provide information about specific programs once additional budget details have been released.
National Institutes of Health: The FY 16 budget proposes $31.3 billion for NIH, a 4% increase over FY 15. This increase will help provide additional resources for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and the BRAIN initiative. The budget also includes $215 million for the new Precision Medicine Initiative.
National Science Foundation: The FY 16 budget proposes a $7.72 billion for NSF, a 5.1% increase over FY 15.
Department of Defense Basic Research: The Administration proposes $2.088 billion for basic research programs at the DOD. This is an 8.3% decrease below the FY 15 omnibus.
Department of Energy Office of Science: The Administration proposes $5.34 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, a 5.3% increase over the FY 15 omnibus.
NASA: The FY 16 budget request for NASA is $18.5 billion, a 2.9% increase over FY 15. Within the request, the Science Directorate would receive $5.29 billion, and Earth Science would receive $1.9 billion.
Department of Homeland Security: The Administration proposes $778.9 million for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, a 27% cut from the FY 15 request (NOTE: DHS does not have a final FY 15 budget and is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution.)
National Endowment for the Humanities: The budget recommends $147.9 million for NEH, a $1.9 million increase over FY 15.
Pell Grants: The Administration proposes an inflationary increase in FY 16 for the Pell Grant Maximum Award to $5,915.
International Education/Title VI programs: The budget proposes $76.2 million for International Education programs in FY 16. This is a $4 million increase over the FY 15 omnibus.