Observations on the President's Fiscal Year 2000 Federal Science and Technology Budget

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Observations on the President's Fiscal

Year 2000 Federal Science and

Technology Budget;

Committee on Science, Engineering, and

Public Policy;

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The health of the Federal science and technology enterprise depends on a balanced investment strategy across a broad range of research fields, says this report from the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. The report-by a guidance group of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy-analyzes the Clinton Administration's proposed science and technology budget for fiscal year 2000, under consideration by Congress at the time of this writing.

The report was issued along with an analysis of Federal research and development being prepared by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for its Science and Technology Policy Colloquium, April 14-16 in Washington, DC.

The Administration's FY 2000 budget request would increase Federal investment in science and technology by just 0.4 percent, according to the committee's analysis. In current dollars, the budget increases 2.4 percent, from $48.3 billion in FY 1999 to $49.4 billion in FY 2000. Support for R&D at U.S. colleges and universities also would increase slightly by 0.3 percent.

While the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation have experienced significant increases since FY 199431.2 percent and 15.8 percent, respectively-continued cuts in funding for science and technology at the Department of Defense threaten to weaken the overall research enterprise, the report says. …