President Biden Unveils 2025 Budget Request 

On Monday, March 11th, President Biden released his 2025 Budget.  The President’s request is in accordance with the 2023 Fiscal Responsibility Act’s mandatory topline limits on discretionary spending. Any additional funding would have to be passed in supplemental appropriations.

Here are the requests from President Biden’s Budget: 

  • Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H): $1.5 billion (the same as FY23 enacted)
  • Institute for Education Sciences (IES): $815.5 million (an increase of 1 percent from FY23)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): $50.1 billion (a 6 percent raise from FY23 enacted)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $10.18 billion (a 8.9 percent increase from FY23 enacted)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): $387 million (a 4 percent increase from FY23 enacted)

[Click here for the updated FABBS Federal Science Funding Dashboard]   

The NSF increase is especially notable in recognition of the drastic cut it has taken for FY24.  The President’s Budget is just the beginning of negotiations.  The final numbers are always changed and influenced by Congress’s participation in the process.

FABBS Actions 

Each year, FABBS works with various “Friends of” groups that advocate for agencies that fund the behavioral and brain sciences.  Signing on to letters that express support for high funding levels is an important way to show that the scientific community is united in increasing investment in science.

So far this year, FABBS has signed on to several letters for FY25 funding –see Advocating for Funding for Our Sciences – FABBS.

Other community letters include: 

  • The Friends of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) request for $220 million to “strengthen the agency’s ability to provide unbiased, timely health data to policymakers and reinforce the Center’s role as the world’s gold-standard producer of health statistics.” 
  • The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), of which FABBS Executive Director, Juliane Baron, serves as co-chair, requesting $11.9 billion.  The letter calls on Congress to “set NSF on a funding trajectory that will meet the major challenges our nation faces and ensure we have the research, people, and infrastructure to sustain our science and technology ecosystem.”

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