WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) expresses its appreciation for the proposed science agency funding levels contained in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2017 budget, which was released Feb. 9. The president's request would provide $152 billion for R&D activities, a 4 percent increase over 2016. That includes $14.6 billion proposed for basic and applied research, up $900 million from 2016.

"As the president's budget release traditionally marks the beginning of the annual funding cycle, we urge Congress and the president to work together to ensure predictable and sustained growth in federal science research programs to safeguard the long-term health of our economy," says ACS Executive Director and CEO Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. "The National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Institutes of Health form the core of our nation's innovation enterprise. These programs support, enhance, and invigorate our nation's economy. Their steady growth is essential to driving the economic engine of this nation and maintaining competitiveness."

FY 2017 Budget Request Funding Levels (as reported by the Office of Management & Budget)  

  • National Science Foundation: $8.0 billion
  • National Institutes of Health: $33.1 billion 
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology's Scientific and Technical Research and Services: $731 million
  • Department of Energy's Office of Science: $5.7 billion

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 158,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals, and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.