FY2018 Appropriations

FY2018 Funding - Proposed Funding Levels

President Donald Trump's FY2018 Budget was released on May 23, 2017.  Below are the proposed funding levels for FY2018 for science agencies.

Important Note: The President's Budget is just a proposal.  Congress will ultimately decide the funding levels, which is why it is so important for your members of Congress to hear from you.  Yes, you can make a difference.   Write to Congress today!  OSA has a draft letter that you can use to send to your members of Congress as is or edit with specific information about your research.  It's easy and only take a few minutes of your time.

President's Budget - Proposed Funding Levels

National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • NSF would be cut by 11% from FY17 Omnibus levels
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • NIST overall funding would be cut by 24% from FY17 Omnibus levels
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership would be eliminated
Department of Energy (DOE)
  • DOE Office of Science would be decreased by 17% from FY17 Omnibus levels
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) would be eliminated
  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would be cut by 64%
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • NIH would be decreased by 21.5% from FY17 Omnibus levels.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • EPA Science and Technology would be cut by 36.8% from FY17 Omnibus levels.
Department of Defense (DOD)
  • DOD 6.1 Basic Research would see a decrease from FY17 Omnibus number
  • DOD 6.2 Applied Research would receive an increase over FY16 number but a decrease from FY17 Omnibus number
  • DOD 6.3 Advance Research Technology would receive an increase over FY16 number but a decrease from the FY17 Omnibus number
  • DARPA would receive an increase in funding
Note: As OSA staff continue to review the President's budget, we will update the numbers.

OSA Letters Supporting Funding for Science

OSA has been working closely with other scientific, industry and academic groups to weigh in with Congress and the Administration regarding funding levels for FY18.  Below are several of the letter:
  • On May 24, OSA joined 149 organizations in a letter to Congress asking them to oppose the proposed cuts to science and urged them to "provide sustainable and robust investments in scientific research."  View the letter
  • OSA signed onto a letter to Congress asking them to support FY2018 funding for Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). 
  • OSA joined over 287 scientific organizations, universities and research groups on a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging robust investments in R&D. 
  • OSA signed onto the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) letter to Congress supporting funding for the National Science Foundation.  OSA is a member of CNSF.
Other OSA actions:
  • OSA members visited Capitol Hill in February and as part of the National Photonics Initiative Congressional Visits Day in April.
  • OSA is working to arrange visits with OSA members and their members of Congress back in their home states during the upcoming recess.
  • OSA is working with OSA members to arrange for members of Congress to tour optics and photonics facilities and laboratories.  Learn more.  If you would like to host a member of Congress at your facility, please contact public-policy@osa.org

Congressional Support for Science Funding

Members of Congress have signed onto letters supporting particular funding levels for FY18.  Below are several of the letters:
  • Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) led a bipartisan dear colleague letter in April with 162 other members of Congress supporting $8 billion in FY18 for the National Science Foundation.
  • On May 15, a group of Senators submitted a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee supporting $8 billion for the National Science Foundation. 
  • Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) sent a letter in April to the Senate Appropriations Committee supporting a 4% increase in funding for NSF and NIST for FY2018. 
  • Six Republican Senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing support for maintaining funding for the Department of Energy’s research programs.  The six Senators on the letter are Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD).  View the letter
  • On April 28, a group of 67 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Trump in support of funding for Department of Energy's Office of Science.