NSF FY 2018 Budget Request to Congress

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 24 May 2017

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova today publicly presented President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 NSF budget request to Congress.

The FY 2018 NSF budget request of $6.65 billion reflects NSF's commitment to establishing clear priorities in areas of national importance and identifying the most innovative and promising research ideas that will yield the highest return on investment for the nation. It supports fundamental research that will drive the U.S. economy, support our nation's security, and keep the U.S. a global leader in science, engineering and technology.

The President's FY 2018 Budget Request for the National Science Foundation (NSF) continues the Nation's longstanding commitment to support basic research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF funds basic research that pushes the boundaries of innovation and lays the groundwork for scientific breakthroughs that advance our Nation's economy, security, and global leadership. Also critical are NSF's education investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, which help to prepare future generations of scientists and engineers.

NSF expects to evaluate over 50,000 proposals in FY 2018 and, through its competitive merit review process, make nearly 11,000 awards, including 8,000 new research grants. However, reflecting the decrease of $841 million from the FY 2016 actuals, this is an estimated funding rate of 19 percent, down from 21 percent in FY 2016.

NSF's FY 2018 support through grants and other awards is anticipated to reach an estimated 300,000 researchers, postdoctoral fellows, trainees, teachers and students who will make the innovative discoveries that transform our future. The support is divided equally among individuals, teams, centers and major facilities.

Detailed information on the FY 2018 budget request is available beginning today on the NSF website, where related information about the budget request can be found in the various links here, and the budget request document can be accessed.