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Issue Brief

In order to fund a $54B increase in FY2018 defense spending, the White House is proposing offsetting cuts in federal domestic discretionary spending that would have a severe impact on important federal R&D programs if implemented.  IEEE-USA strongly recommends sustained, balanced support for research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  IEEE-USA supports federal investments in both civilian and defense R&D, as well as policies designed to enhance the effectiveness of research expenditures, promote entrepreneurship and innovation, and help develop the skilled STEM workforce needed to ensure continued U.S. competitiveness, quality of life, and security.

New and Notable

Trump Administration’s Proposal Would Make Historically Large Spending Reductions for Science and Technology Funding (AAAS Analysis of FY 2018 Science Budget)

White House FY2018 Budget Proposal:

Science Committee Releases "Views and Estimates" on FY 2017 R&D Budget (IEEE-USA Insight, 17 March 2017)

Trump's Cuts to Federal Science Funding Will Mean Less Industry R&D, Not More (IITF, 17 March 2017)

First Trump Budget Proposes Massive Cuts to Several Science Agencies (AAAS, 16 March 2017)

Trump Seeks Dramatic Funding Cuts to Science (AIP, 16 March 2017)

Trump Science Budget:  Agency-by-Agency Analysis (AIP, 16 March 2017)

Related IEEE-USA and IEEE Policy Communications

27 March 2017 Coalition (CNSR) Statement to the Secretary of Defense Urging Robust and Sustained Growth in DoD Basic Research/S&T Program Budgets.
16 March 2017 Coalition (TFAI) Statement on the Administration's FY 2018 Budget Proposal
8 Dec. 2016 Coalition (TFAI) Letter to President-Elect Trump Urging Support for Federally Funded STEM Research.

Other Resources

AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program (S&T Budget Analysis)



Take Action Now:
Plan to Participate in Congressional Visits Day

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IEEE-USA Positions

Achieving Greater Value from the Federal Laboratory Enterprise (Oct. 2015)

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Feb. 2014)

Department of Defense S&T (Nov. 2013)

Enhancing Coordination of Federal, Regional, State and Local Innovation Activities(June 2013)

Federal Support for Fundamental Research (June 2016)

Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Innovation and Competitiveness (Nov. 2013)

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) (Sept. 2014)

U.S. High-Value Job Growth Through Manufacturing Innovation (Sept. 2014)

Executive Actions

America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again (3/16/17)

Pending Legislation

Congressional Hearings




Last Update: 25 May 2017
Staff Contact: Aline McNaull


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