The Obama administration released details of its FY 2010 budget request in early May 2009. The proposed NSF budget is $7.045 billion, an increase of $555 million (8.5%) over the FY 2009 budget plan of $6.49 billion. NSF received an additional $3 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (commonly called the stimulus bill); this one-time appropriation is not included in the following calculations or discussion.
The proposed FY 2010 funding puts NSF back on a path to double its budget relative to 2006 levels, as authorized in 2002 and called for in a number of independent studies.
The proposed FY 2010 budget includes:
The budget includes two proposed new foundation-wide programs of interest to the arctic research community:
"Research in polar regions...addresses the Administration's focus on making the U.S. a leader on climate change and builds on a foundation established during the International Polar Year....The Administration is assessing the overarching issues facing the Arctic, including those associated with impacts of climate change, increased human activity, new or additional information needs, and conservation of arctic resources. This approach will necessarily include identifying any implementation issues associated with the Arctic Policy signed by the previous Administration."
The Office of Polar Programs request is $516 million, an increase of $45.3 million (9.6%) over the FY 2009 budget of $470.7 million. Of the FY 2010 OPP request, the Division of Arctic Sciences would receive $108.7 million, an increase of $10.44 million (10.6%) over FY 2009. Of this, almost $62 million is requested for arctic research and education grants and almost $47 million for arctic research support and logistics.
In the proposed budget, the Division of Arctic Sciences would provide:
The OPP request also includes level funding of $54 million for operations and maintenance of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) icebreakers Polar Sea and Healy (see Witness Winter 2008/2009). The FY 2009 Department of Homeland Security budget includes $30.3 million for the USCG to reactivate Polar Star.
For more information, see the NSF Budget Division website .