Congress Passes Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

January 17th, 2014

BU IN D.C.

Thomas Bifano of the College of Engineering and the Photonics Center attended the annual meeting of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program on January 3rd.

CONGRESS PASSES BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014

This week, Congress passed a large spending bill that will set federal agency budgets for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law shortly, allowing federal agencies to release delayed solicitations and awards.

Research and student aid programs of interest to Boston University fared well under the measure, which partially restores agency budgets decreased by the sequester spending cuts enacted last year. Highlights of key agency and program funding numbers, compared to the fiscal year 2013 sequester level, are as follows:

- National Institutes of Health: $29.9 billion, a $775 million increase
- National Science Foundation: $7.17 billion, a $288 million increase
- NASA Science: $5.15 billion, a $359 million increase
- Department of Defense basic research: $2.17 billion, a $64 million increase
- National Endowment for the Humanities: $146 million, a $7 million increase
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science: $5.07 billion, a $450 million increase
- Pell Grants: Maximum award rises to $5,730, an $85 increase
- Federal Work Study: $974.7 million, a $49 million increase

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