Overall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gets a 3% boost, to $5.06 billion, in the budget request released today. A major satellite program would remain roughly on track, and one climate science effort would get a big boost.
Science was favored in today's federal budget rollout for several agencies with sizable research portfolios, with increases for hot topics such as the environmental impact of "fracking" for natural gas.
Overall, the budget numbers for the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science, the single largest funder of physical sciences research in the United States, look reasonably good. The office would see its budget climb by 2.4% to $4.992 billion.
The not-so-bad news in the president's 2013 budget proposal for NASA is that his request for $17.71 billion is only marginally less than what the agency got in 2012, including an overall science budget request of $4.92 billion that is not far below the 2012 level.
There's little to cheer biomedical researchers in the president's budget proposal released today: the proposal would hold the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) budget at the current level of $30.86 billion.
Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced that it wants to beef up the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) investment in Alzheimer's disease research with $80 million in new funding in the president's budget proposal for 2013 that will be released next week.