The Trump Administration is shifting funding to quantum science, AI, and space exploration, while seemingly ignoring several other of their own priorities.
The final FY 2020 spending package is the latest pushback against tough White House research budgets.
Several major science and technology funders are set to see at least modestly increased funding, if Congress can reach final agreement.
The U.S. returns to the top in quality of innovation, while East Asia climbs the rankings, but countries face global economic uncertainties and lagging public investments in R&D.
The two-year deal sets up science agencies for moderate funding increases in FY 2020, followed by a tougher year in FY 2021, after which the spending caps expire.
The full U.S. House adopted broad support for research dollars, but without a cap deal it won't mean much just yet.
The U.S. Geological Survey, EPA and NOAA were shielded from the Administration’s proposed cuts, and would see moderate funding increases in House appropriations.
Basic research at NSF and NIST received strong support, while NASA’s proposed lunar activities took a back seat to legislators’ exploration and science priorities.
ARPA-E was saved from elimination (again), and appropriators favored renewables R&D, efficiency, grid modernization and security, and basic research.