Agencies Finalize FY 2012 Budget Submissions in Light of Administration Priorities


Federal agency budget submissions are due to the Office of Management and Budget on September 13, 2010, and agencies are at work to finalize submissions.

Non-security agencies such as NIH and NSF have been asked by the administration to submit budgets for FY 2012 that are five percent below the discretionary total in the FY 2011 budget. Agencies have also been asked to explain how they will “redirect available resources, as appropriate, and consistent with their mission, from lower-priority areas to S & T activities that address six challenges and strengthen six cross-cutting areas. The six challenges are:

  • Promoting sustainable economic growth and job creation
  • Defeating the most dangerous diseases and achieving better health outcomes for all while reducing health care costs
  • Moving toward a clean energy future to reduce dependence on energy imports while curbing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Understanding, adapting to, and mitigating the impacts of global climate change
  • Managing the competing demands on land, fresh water, and the oceans for the production of food, fiber, biofuels, and ecosystem services based on sustainability and biodiversity
  • Developing the technologies to protect our troops, citizens, and national interests

In a memo to agency heads, the OMB and OSTP Directors stated that “agencies should pursue transformational solutions to the Nation’s practical challenges, and budget submissions should therefore explain how agencies will support long-term, visionary thinkers proposing high-risk, high return (or “potentially transformative) research. Some of this research should be motivated by the grand challenges of the 21st century….”

In light of this directive and with an eye toward setting a long-term research agenda, NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate is seeking input from the SBE research community. SBE is asking individuals and groups to submit brief white papers “outlining grand challenge questions that are both foundational and transformative."

In addition, the SBE Advisory Committee is set to discuss grand challenges facing the SBE sciences over the next decade at its meeting on September 7-8, 2010. NSF SBE will use these results over the next year to guide its strategic planning.

FABBS societies and member scientists are encouraged to respond to the SBE call and help shape research, training, and infrastructure plans for the next decade. Learn how »

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