Update on Funding for NSF’s Office of Polar Programs and Arctic Sciences Division

On 18 November 2011 the President signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012. Division B of the Act provides funding for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2012, which began 1 October 2011. Although final agency budget reports are not yet available, the estimated National Science Foundation (NSF) funding level is $7 billion, which is an increase of $173 million (2.5%) from the FY 2011 enacted level. The estimated FY 2012 budget for the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is $435.87 million. The estimated allocation for the Arctic Science Division (ARC) is $102.76 million, which is $3.1 million less than the actual FY 2011 level.

Image courtesy: NSF’s FY 2013 Budget Request to CongressImage courtesy: NSF’s FY 2013 Budget Request to Congress - Office of Polar Programs.

Image courtesy: NSF’s FY 2013 Budget Request to CongressImage courtesy: NSF’s FY 2013 Budget Request to Congress - Office of Polar Programs.

The Obama Administration’s FY 2013 budget request, released 13 February 2012, calls for a $13.7 million (3.2%) increase to OPP and a $5.75 million (5.6%) increase to the ARC budgets over the FY 2012 estimated levels of funding. The request would provide an increase of $5.61million (9.7%) to ARC funded research.

ARC funds a broad range of activities to provide an integrated understanding of environmental change in the Arctic, including the study of significant, system-scale environmental change and its human dimension. In general, 40% of the Arctic Science Division’s portfolio is available for new research grants, with 20% for continuing grants made in previous years and 40% for research support and logistics.

For additional information about the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, please see: Bill Summary & Status of H.R. 2112.

For more information about NSF’s 2013 Budget Request to Congress, please see: http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2013/toc.jsp. For further details, please download the Office of Polar Program budget request: http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2013/pdf/13-OPP_fy2013.pdf.