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Support for Federally Funded R&D Centers Stagnate After Recovery Act

March 10, 2016

New National Science Foundation data indicates that the federal government’s support for national laboratories and research centers has continued to decline in constant dollars after peaking with the 2011 infusion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.  Six federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC’s) comprise about one-half of all FFRDC spending: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and five Department of Energy national labs. Of these centers, JPL and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory experienced the greatest gains, with budgets increasing by about 9 percent between FY 2013-2014. FY 2014 was the final year for ARRA-based spending, leaving FFRDC support in and uncertain place in the post-Recovery Act period. Read the report…

federal agency, r&d, federal labs