NSF Cuts BIO Funding Slightly in FY 2011 Spending Plan

NSF has released its spending plan for fiscal year (FY) 2011. Since Congress did not finish their work on FY 2011 appropriations until mid-April, NSF and other agencies have released their spending plans with only two months remaining in the fiscal year.

NSF received $6.859 billion in FY 2011, $12.6 million less than the previous year. According to the details recently released by NSF, BIO will receive $711.6 million in FY 2011, a $3.1 million decrease. Within the Biological Sciences Directorate, the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Integrative Organismal Systems, and Emerging Frontiers subactivities were cut slightly. Funding for Environmental Biology and Biological Infrastructure subactivities were raised by a small amount.

More details are available at http://www.nsf.gov/about/congress/112/highlights/cu11_0523.jsp.