April 17, 2013

Consolidated STEM Programs in the President’s Budget

By Sarah Castro

The President’s FY2014 Budget, released on April 10th, proposed moving STEM funding from across the federal government to NSF as well as reorganizing and eliminating certain STEM programs. Dr. John Holdren, the Director of the Office of Science and Tech Policy (OSTP), testified to the House Science and Technology Committee today about the impacts on Science and Tech in the President’s Budget. His testimony can be found here.

In addition, OSTP has information on the nature of the reorganization including a listing of the specific STEM education programs that will be eliminated/consolidated across federal agencies, as well as the new STEM education programs that the budget proposes.

Below are the 78 programs proposed for consolidation in the 2014 Budget, along with the current agency homes.
1) USDA in the Classroom, USDA2) AITC Secondary Postsecondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grants (SPECA), USDA3) Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grant Program, USDA4) Higher Education Challenge Grants (HEC), USDA

5) Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), USDA

6) Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS), USDA

7) Competitive Education Grants (including Environmental Literacy Grants), Commerce

8) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program, Commerce

9) NIST Summer Institute for MIddle School Teachers, Commerce

10) NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET), Commerce

11) NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (Education Only), Commerce

12) NOAA Teacher at Sea Program, Commerce

13) DoD STARBASE Program, DOD

14) Iridescent Learning, DOD

15) National Defense Education Program (NDEP) K-12 component, DOD

16) National Science Center (NSC), DOD

17) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), DOD

18) University Laboratory Initiative (ULI), DOD

19) Homeland Security STEM Career Development Grant Program DHS

20) American Chemical Society Summer School in Nuclear and Radiochemistry, DOE

21) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, DOE

22) Global Change Education Program, DOE

23) Graduate Automotive Technology Education, DOE

24) National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences, DOE

25) Plasma/Fusion Science Educator Programs, DOE

26) QuarkNet, DOE

27) Wind for Schools, DOE

28) Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study), EPA

29) Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship Program)  EPA

30) Clinical Research Training Program, HHS

31) Curriculum Supplement Series, HHS

32) NIAID Science Education Awards, HHS

33) NINDS Diversity Research Education Grants in Neuroscience, HHS

34) NLM Institutional Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics, HHS

35) OD Science Education Partnership Award, HHS

36) Office of Science Education K-12 Program, HHS

37) Public Health Traineeship, HHS

38) Science Education Drug Abuse Partnership Award, HHS

39) Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) in the Environmental health Sciences for Undergraduates and High School Students, HHS

40) Aeronautics Academy, NASA

41) Aeronautics Content – Smart Skies/Product Content Upgrade, NASA

42) Aeronautics Scholarship, NASA

43) Aqua, NASA

44) Astrophysics Forum, NASA

45) Aura, NASA

46) Cassini, NASA

47) Chandra, NASA

48) DAWN, NASA

49) Design Competition, NASA

50) Earth Science E/PO Forum, NASA

51) eEducation Small Projects/Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE), NASA

52) EPOESS, NASA

53) GCCE – Global Climate Change Education, NASA

54) GRAIL, NASA

55) GSRP – Graduate Student Researchers Program, NASA

56) Heliophysics E/PO Forum, NASA

57) HEOMD-NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Students (NBS), NASA

58) HST, NASA

59) Innovation in Higher Education STEM Education, NASA

60) INSPIRE – Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research and Education Experience, NASA

61) JPFP – Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program, NASA

62) Juno, NASA

63) LDCM, NASA

64) LEARN – Learning Environment and Research Network, NASA

65) Mars E/PO Formal Ed, NASA

66) Mars E/PO Informal Ed, NASA

67) MESSENGER, NASA

68) NAS – NASA Aerospace Scholars, NASA

69) NES – NASA Explorer Schools, NASA

70) Planetary Science E/PO Forum, NASA

71) Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunity Project, NASA

72) SEMAA – Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy/FIRST Buckeye, NASA

73) SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) Education and Public Outreach, NASA

74) SOI – Summer of Innovation/NASA IV&V Engineering Apprenticeship Program, NASA

75) Spaceward Bound, NASA

76) STEM Education & Accountability Project , NASA

77) USRP – Undergraduate Student Research Project, NASA

78) Nuclear Education Curriculum Development Program, NRC

 As you see from OSTP’s STEM ed fact sheet table, nearly all of these functions and resources will be redirected to ED, NSF, and Smithsonian. The above list provides the detail behind the Cuts, Consolidations, and Savings chapter of the 2014 Budget (p. 175-176 of the Budget), which contains:

Eliminated Programs and Redirected Funding - 78 Programs:

Department of Agriculture – 6 Programs; Department of Commerce – 6 Programs; Department of Defense – 6 Programs; Department of Energy – 8 Programs; Department of Health and Human Services – 10 Programs; Department of Homeland Security – 1 Program; Environmental Protection Agency – 2 Programs;  National Aeronautics and Space Administration – 38 Programs; Nuclear Regulatory Commission – 1 Program

The combined 2012 funding for the 78 programs was $176 million.

Internal Eliminations/Consolidations

Below are the internal consolidations, in which funds would remain in the agency. This list is longer than the Reorganized Programs Within the Agency – 12 Programs :that appears in the 2014 Budget volume which included only some NSF and NASA programs.

79) Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (DEG), USDA

80) Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas, USDA

81) Improving Teacher Quality State Grants/Effective Teacher and Leader State Grants Set Aside,)  ED

82) Teacher Incentive Fund, ED

83) Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program, DOE

84) Environmental Education Grants  EPA

85) National Environmental Education and Training Partnership  EPA

86) Health Careers Opportunity Program, HHS

87) Short Courses on Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Tools for Studying Biological Systems, HHS

88) AESP – Aerospace Education Services Project, NASA

89) CEP – Career Exploration Project, NASA

90) Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum (CIPAIR), NASA

91) EFP – Education Flight Projects, NASA

92) ESMD Space Grant Project, NASA

93) HEOMD-Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) Project, NASA

94) HEOMD-University Student Launch Initiative, NASA

95) Informal STEM Education , NASA

96) Innovation in Aeronautics Instruction Competition, NASA

97) LARSS – NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Program, NASA

98) LERCIP – Lewis Educational Research Collaborative Internship Project (College), NASA

99) LTP – Learning Technologies Project, NASA

100) MSP – MUREP Small Projects, NASA

101) MUST – Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology, NASA

102) NETS – NASA Education Technologies Services, NASA

103) NSBRI Higher Education Activities – National Space Biomedical Research Institute, NASA

104) NSTI-MI – NASA Science and Technology Institute for Minority Institutions, NASA

105) Research Cluster , NASA

106) SEED – Systems Engineering Educational Discovery, NASA

107) TCUP – NASA Tribal College and University Project, NASA

108) URC – University Research Centers, NASA

109) Integrated University Program) NRC

110) Climate Change Education (CCE), NSF

111) Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21), NSF

112) Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM), NSF

113) Engineering Education (EE), NSF

114) Geoscience Education, NSF

115) Geoscience Teacher Training (GEO-Teach), NSF

116) Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE), NSF

117) Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12), NSF

118) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program, NSF

119) Math and Science Partnership (MSP), NSF

120) Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education in Engineering, NSF

121) Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences, NSF

122) Research in Disabilities Education (RDE), NSF

123) Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE), NSF

124) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), NSF

125) Transforming Undergraduate Biology Education (TUBE), NSF

126) Transforming Undergrad Education in STEM (TUES), NSF

127) Widening Implementation and Demonstration of Evidence-based Reforms (WIDER), NSF

 New programs

Finally, below are the new programs, either brand new in FY 2014 or a new start in the 2013 Budget, and in three cases eliminated in the 2013 Budget but restarted in the 2014 Budget.

128) Insular Programs, USDA

129) Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE): Math Inititative, ED

130) STEM Innovation Networks, ED

131) Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (SCGF) program, DOE

132) Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Science Education Award, HHS

133) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP), HHS

134) Student Intramural Research Training Award Program, HHS

135) MUREP, NASA

136) STEM Accountability and Coordination, NASA

137) Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate STEM Education (CAUSE), NSF

138) STEM-C Partnerships, NSF

139) NSF Research Traineeships (NRT), NSF

140) STEM Informal Education and Instruction, Smithsonian

The new programs total $634 million in the 2014 Budget.

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