Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2006
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The Bush Administration has requested 132.2 billion in federal research and development RD funding for FY2006. This sum, represents a 505 million increase over the estimated funding level of 131.7 billion. In real dollars, total federal RD would decline for the first time since FY1996. The proposed FY2006 RD budget reflects the Administrations objective of constraining the growth of federal discretionary spending. For the first time since FYl995, funding for defense RD the sum of the Department of Defenses DOD and the Department of Energy DOE defense RD programs would be flat with a requested 74.9 billion. This is due primarily to a proposed 21 reduction in DODs science and technology programs. Funding for federal civilian RD is proposed to increase 188 million to 557 billion, a 0.3 increase over the FY2005 estimated funding level. Most of this increase can be attributed to increases in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA budget and the Department of Transportation. Based on current funding proposals, most of the civilian RD agencies budgets are proposed to decline, in real dollars, in FY2006.
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