Supplemental FY08 Funding

New money is flowing to US government agencies, following President Bush’s signing of a supplemental funding bill on June 30. The bill allocated $400 million in new funding to four federal agencies: the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ($150 million), the National Science Foundation (NSF) ($62.5 million), the National Air and Space Administration ($62.5 million) and the Department of Energy (DOE) ($125.0 million).

The funds must be spent by the end of this fiscal year in September. The exception is the FDA’s funding, part of the NIH’s allocation. The FDA received $150 million in new funding, specifically designated for food and medical product safety, for use until September 30, 2009.

The DOE’s funding is divided between the Office of Science and allocations for environmental clean-up. The Office of Science’s funding included $11.5 million for synchrotron and radiation light sources and $2 million for the spallation neutron source, an accelerator-based neutron source under construction. The ITER, an international fusion project, received $15.5 million. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center received $32 million, and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider received $1.5 million.

Of the NSF’s $62.5 million, $40 million went to education and human resources. Research and related activities received $22.5 million, including $5 million for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

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