FY21 federal budget requests released
The White House released most of the federal agency budget requests for fiscal year 2021 on Feb. 10 and they again recommend a wide assortment of cuts to federal science agencies. The requested cuts mimic previous proposals that have been firmly rejected by Congress for the past three years, and they target a range of agencies, focusing most heavily on extramural research programs.
The request for the National Science Foundation (NSF) would reduce the agency’s budget by 6% from its FY20 level to $7.7 billion. Only the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering would receive a higher funding level.
For the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the request is $4.6 billion, a proposed cut of $727 million. Previously proposed cancellations of Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) extramural programs are again included, but some important new initiatives and increases have been added, including $15 million for the second year of the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC), $4 million for increased observational data sharing with the World Meteorological Organization, and $3.2 million to establish a Tornado Warning Improvement and Extension Program.