President Issues Budget Request for FY2015

March 7th, 2014


Dean Hardin Coleman of the School of Education hosted an alumni event on Thursday evening. School of Education Associate Dean Scott Solberg and faculty Donald DeRosa, Christina Dobbs, Zachary Rossetti, and Scott Seider also met with officials at the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences and the National Institutes of Health.

Shoumita Dasgupta, Daniel Remick and Douglas Rosene of the School of Medicine took part in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s Capitol Hill Day on March 5.

John Clarke of the College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Space Physics attended a meeting of the National Research Council Space Studies Board’s Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science, of which he is a member.

Vinit Nijhawan of Technology Development attended the annual National Academy of Inventors meeting at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 6 and 7.

Diane Baldwin and Gretchen Hartigan of Sponsored Projects participated in the Council on Governmental Relations February meeting last week.


President Barack Obama released his Budget Request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2015 on Tuesday, signaling the start of the federal budget process. While the President’s proposal is unlikely to be enacted wholesale, it lays out the Administration’s priorities for each federal agency and sets the terms of Washington’s budget debate. Next, Congress will write the annual spending bills that determine agency budgets, a process that may not wrap up until after the November elections.

The Association of American Universities joined other science and higher education advocates to express disappointment in the research and education funding levels proposed in the President’s budget. Funding for select agencies and programs of particular interest to BU, compared to their current funding level, are as follows:

National Institutes of Health: Would receive $30.2 billion, about a $300 million increase
National Science Foundation: Would receive $7.25 billion, a $83 million increase
NASA Science: Would receive $4.97 billion, a $179 million decrease
National Endowment for the Humanities: Would receive $146 million, level funding
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science: Would receive $5.1 billion, about a $40 million increase
– Institute of Education Sciences: Would receive $637 million, a $60 million increase
Department of Defense Basic Research: Would receive $2.0 billion, a $149 million decrease
Pell Grants: Maximum award would rise to $5,830, a $100 increase
Federal Work Study: Would receive $974.7 million, level funding

The President also proposed an Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative (OGSI), a special fund that would set aside an additional $56 billion for a variety of programs. For example, the OGSI requests an extra $100 million for the BRAIN Initiative and $552 million for NSF. Because the fund exceeds the statutory budget caps legislators previously agreed to, it is unlikely the OGSI would be funded by Congress.

Read the budget request


The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has released its Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for fiscal year 2014. Unlike other DHS S&T BAAs that address specific, narrow technology and research issues of interest to the Directorate, the Long Range BAA focuses on a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, including social, behavioral, and life sciences; engineering; and information technology. Full proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through January 2019.

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