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FY 2013 Budget Request Proposes Increases for R&D

On 13 Feb., the Obama administration released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget request. The budget proposes a 1.4% ($140.8 billion) increase for federal R&D, with a focus on innovation and manufacturing, clean energy, and STEM education. The proposed increases for many science agencies, including the NSF and USGS, stand in contrast to overall non-defense discretionary spending, which stayed flat for the second year in a row. The action now goes to Congress, where additional pressures to reduce the deficit, combined with November elections and the looming sequestration in January 2013, will continue to squeeze spending levels.