The White House released its FY2018 budget proposal. It contains large cuts to scientific research and development at many agencies that would hinder innovation and economic growth.

Why science funding is important

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AAAS Statements

The White House’s budget proposal is just that – a proposal. Congress is responsible for appropriating funds, and it is essential that members of Congress support scientific R&D.

We applaud Congress for recognizing the value of science investment in the final FY 2017 omnibus funding bill. Congress has a long history of bi-partisan support for investments in basic and applied scientific research. Please join us in urging Congress to continue to support funding for scientific research and development (R&D).

Why science funding is important

Scientific R&D 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.  See some interesting examples below for how R&D has impacted peoples’ lives:

Golden Goose Award

Why Science? Scientists Share Their Stories

From Research to Reward: A Series About Scientific Discovery and Human Benefit

The Science Coalition's "Sparking Economic Growth" Report

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AAAS StatementS and analysis

Energy, Basic Science, Some Space Programs Face Big FY18 Budget Cuts [May 25, 2017] The Trump Administration Squeezes Energy Technology Programs, Basic Science at NSF, NASA Gets A Mixed Bag In Budget Request

Multi-Organizational Letter to Congress [May 24, 2017] Broad Swath of R&D Groups Press Congress to Reject Fiscal 2018 Budget Plan

First Notes on the FY 2018 Science Budget [May 24, 2017] Details are emerging from the Trump Administration's proposal to make historically large spending reductions for science and technology funding.

AAAS Statement from CEO Rush Holt on Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal [May 23, 2017] The White House’s 2018 budget plan, if it were to become law, would devastate America’s science and technology enterprise and negatively affect our nation’s economy and public well-being. Slashing funding of critically important federal agencies threatens our nation’s ability to advance cures for disease, develop new energy technologies, improve public health, train the next generation of scientists and engineers, and grow America’s economy.

White House’s 2018 Budget Plan Would “Devastate” R&D, Says AAAS CEO Holt [May 23, 2017] The double-digit percentage cuts President Donald Trump is proposing in his fiscal 2018 budget plan for science and technology programs would “devastate America’s science and technology enterprise” and weaken the nation’s economic growth, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said Tuesday.

First Trump Budget Proposes Massive Cuts to Several Science Agencies [May 20, 2017] With some exceptions, the Trump Administration is seeking major rollbacks across the science and technology enterprise - if Congress agrees to it.

Congress Rejects White House Approach, Pursues Targeted Science & Technology Boosts [May 1, 2017] The new omnibus funding package, if adopted, would chart a very different course for science and technology funding than that envisioned by President Trump.