March 18, 2014—With the release of President Obama’s budget requests for fiscal year 2015, APLU’s governmental affairs staff is advocating on the importance of many key programs and initiatives to public universities. APLU is working with several coalitions and other organizations to amplify our message.
APLU staff have updated and revised the APLU FY2105 Appropriations Priorities chart. APLU staff are coordinating with the broader education and research communities on our FY2015 programmatic requests.
The Task Force on American Innovation sent a letter to Appropriations Committee leaders urging funding to enable real growth in “the research activities supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the Department of Defense basic and applied (6.1 and 6.2) research programs, NASA’s space science and technology programs and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Core Programs.”
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), sent a letter to the House Science Committee, along with the COMPETES Act reauthorization Guiding Principles document. The letter states: “Basic science research has seen minimal growth in recent years, especially when inflation is taken into account. Steady and sustained growth over inflation is needed across all sciences.”