Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2008 [Updated December 3, 2007]   [open pdf - 237KB]

"The Bush Administration requested $142.7 billion in federal research and development (R&D) funding for FY2008. The FY2008 proposed increase over the FY2007 funding level is due to significant funding increases in the Department of Defense (DOD); the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) space vehicles development program; and the continuation of the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) which was initiated in FY2007. As the beginning of FY2008 approached, all 12 appropriations bills remained outstanding. To ensure continuity of government operations, Congress passed, and the President signed, the first of two continuing resolutions (P.L. 110-92) which extended funding for all agencies from October 1, 2007, through November 16, 2007. The act became law on September 29, 2007, ahead of the start of FY2008. A second continuing resolution (CR) was agreed to in the conference report on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-116), extending funding through December 14, 2007. The President signed the act on November 13, 2007. The other 11 appropriations bills remain outstanding. The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 was passed by Congress, but vetoed by the President. Congress attempted, but failed, to override the President's veto of this act. While the ACI is likely to be well received by lawmakers, other administration proposals for agency R&D funding are likely to encounter strong opposition in Congress. For example, the administration's proposed budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is $28.5 billion, $529 million (1.8%) below the estimated FY2007 funding level."

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