Monday, January 18, 2016

NSF is the 5th largest federal R&D funder?

Credit C&EN
While reading this week's US science policy outlook cover story in C&EN, I was gobsmacked to see that the National Science Foundation was the 5th ranked federal R&D funder - I would have guessed it was the 3rd.

Personally, I think it should be the 2nd, but I guess it really depends on what the applied research/basic research breakout is...

9 comments:

  1. There's something wrong with the numbers, the whole NOAA budget is less than $6B.

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    1. I wonder if it is a typo and it's actually NASA, instead of NOAA?

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    2. Yup, it's a NASA/NOAA swap: http://www.aaas.org/sites/default/files/16c.RD%20Agency.jpg

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  2. This ordering doesn't surprise me. What is the top three you're expecting?

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    1. I would have expected it to be: 1. DOD 2. NIH 3. NSF

      Guess I was wrong.


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    2. And what do you think the order *should* be?

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  3. That DOD R&D budget is staggering!

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  4. The EPA will need more funding to test and regulate compounds for the Chemical Safety Improvement act. I wonder if testing of industrial compounds constitutes R&D.

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  5. No surprise here, most of my grad school projects were DOD/DARPA funded, my boss always went for those grants because that's where the money was.

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