President’s proposed FY 2018 budget cuts federal research and development

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is disappointed in the administration’s detailed fiscal year 2018 budget request, as it underinvests in the nation’s research and development (R&D) infrastructure and its science, technology, engineering and mathematics education ecosystem.

Specifically, ACS is concerned about the president’s proposed FY 2018 funding levels for the following key federal R&D agencies.      

  • $9.4 million for the Chemical Safety & Hazard Board, (Funds used to shut down agency)
  • $4.5 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, 17 percent below FY 2017
  • $5.7 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, 29 percent below FY 2017
  • $725 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 24 percent below FY 2017
  • $27 billion for the National Institutes of Health, 21 percent below FY 2017
  • $6.6 billion for the National Science Foundation, 11 percent below FY 2017

The president’s proposed reduction in R&D funding comes as the U.S.’s global competitors are continuing to invest heavily in both basic and applied R&D. As a result, other countries are producing top-tier scientific talent and marrying science with forward-thinking policy to encourage innovation breakthroughs. The U.S. has long been a leader in successfully harnessing R&D and education to drive innovation that leads to job creation, economic growth and global competitiveness. We need to continue to make robust federal investments in these areas to remain a global leader.

The FY 2018 budget will now go to Congress, where appropriators will determine the actual funding levels for the federal government. Although ACS recognizes that Congress faces a demanding budget environment, the Society believes the most promising way to ensure our nation’s competitiveness in the global arena is to work in a bipartisan manner to support an innovation infrastructure. The Society’s comprehensive policy priorities, the individual public policy statements and related materials are available at

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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