Trump Calls For Cutting Funding For Science, Education, Agriculture, Health Programs, And State Department
President Trump on Monday called for cutting spending at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the government’s top funder of nonmedical research, by about $1 billion. He also called for dramatically reducing funding for education, agriculture, health programs, transportation and the State Department.
The NSF provides about one-quarter of all federal research grants and covers fields such as engineering, mathematics, computer science and social sciences. It also funds the purchase of large-scale scientific equipment.
According to the NSF website, foundation-funded researchers have gone on to win 236 Nobel Prizes.
Congress has largely ignored Trump’s previous requests for deep discretionary budget cuts and has steadily increased NSF funding levels in recent years.