Late last month, the NSF released its report on federal R&D funding by budget function, for the fiscal year period of 2016—2018. Although FY 2017 figures are preliminary, the statistics paint a hopeful picture of sustained government R&D funding, despite political discussions regarding major cuts and reformations to government agencies. Total R&D and R&D plant slightly grew to $151.4 billion in FY 2017, a 0.7% increase. R&D and R&D plant budgets, as well as overall R&D budgets, for selected agencies and budget functions are below. The NSF report examines R&D and R&D plant. In this article, R&D and R&D plant are discussed separately from R&D proper, and tables show R&D data excluding R&D plant information. NSF definitions are below. The data in the report were collected between June and September 2017, and are indicative of actual and proposed federal R&D funding for the listed agencies' between FY 2016 and FY 2018. FY 2018 figures are excluded from this article due to that data being based on the initial proposed FY 2018 budget and not the actual passed FY 2018 budget. According to the report, statistics for FY 2016 are actual budget authority (defined as "the primary source of legal authorization to enter into obligations that will result in outlays") for R&D. The majority of the FY 2017 statistics are "official estimates" that represent the continuing resolution funding for FY 2017, as opposed to the enacted omnibus funding bill for that year (i.e., the Consolidated Appropriations Act that was signed May 2017). Most government agencies did not prepare R&D estimates for FY 2017 based on the final spending statistics in the omnibus bill.