Funding Looking Up?? April 26, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in physics life, university.
A recent summary from the US gov’t appropriations bill:
Research and Related Activities: FY08: $5,080 million; FY09: $5,457 million; FY10: $5,863 million. (Current FY07 level: $4,765 million).
Education and Human Resources: FY08: $873 million; FY09: $934 million; FY10: $1,003 million. (Current FY07 level: $698 million).
Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction: FY08: $245 million; FY09: $262 million; FY10: $280 million. (Current FY07 level: $191 million).
NSF TOTAL: FY08: $6,500 million; FY09: $6,980 million; FY10: $7,493 million. (Current FY07 level: $5,916 million).
Note that those are all increases. There is also language in the bill urging the NSF to fund more younger investigators, and even to provide money to people whose grants were rejected, but were thought that they would be accepted with a little further development.
Now, an appropriations bill is just a guideline, not a the law of the land (that comes next). But this does give a sense of the landscape. I can only hope this sticks around!
At the state level, Washington also just passed its budget (and this one is law). Among other things, there were real increases in education. It is too early to tell exactly what this means for the university and for the physics department, but we are all crossing our fingers this means that the tight leash the college has had to keep on positions will be reduced and perhaps we can get some more faculty!! That would help with a lot of shortages.