Why is science funding important? Scientific R&D advances discovery and knowledge; spurs innovation; and improves our economy. Science and technology have been responsible for more than half of all U.S. economic growth since World War II, according to research based on work by Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert M. Solow. Investments in R&D are essential to maintaining U.S. leadership in innovation. Here are some noteworthy resources on how R&D has benefited peoples’ lives:
Take action on the 2018 R&D budget ↴
Funding for scientific research and development for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) is currently being debated in the Senate. Between now and mid-December, Senators will discuss and decide on budget priorities, and specifically how to fund agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. It is important that your Senators hear from you on why you think funding science research is important. Below you’ll find a feature that allows you to write your Senator and express your thoughts, with some helpful talking points to guide you.
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Learn how the budget process works ↴
...in 2 minutes: Watch this brief explainer video from AAAS on how the U.S. federal budget is created.
...in 10 minutes: Read our break down of the annual budget cycle.
...in 45 minutes: Take our course Understanding the Federal R&D Budget and get an overview of the steps in the federal budget process, what influences it, how it comes together in the Executive Branch and Congress and how budget politics and science funding interact. [Free for AAAS members]
Use this interactive tool for exploring long-term federal funding trends within the context of the broader budget.
The AAAS Office of Government Relations provides timely and objective information to Congress on current science and technology issues, and assists scientists in understanding and working with Congress.
Use our dashboard to follow science and technology appropriations for FY 2018.
AAAS Statements and Analyses ↴
The spending package can’t pass as-is, but sets the stage for later negotiations with the Senate and White House.
The evidence suggests limits to industry's willingness to fund R&D vacated by the federal government, should Congress go along with the White House's budget plans.
It hasn't shaped up as a great year for science and technology funding, but the process is far from over
The House adopts a quartet of spending bills, the Commerce Department gets a mixed Senate bag, and a spending deal remains far off