Washington, D.C. – The President's fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget for the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted today to Congress proposes an appropriations funding level of $857 million, an increase of $106.2 million from FY 2012.
More than half of the proposed increased funding would be focused on advanced manufacturing research both at NIST laboratories and through a new industry-led consortia program.
"We want to work with the private sector to ensure U.S. manufacturers have the research support they need to make the best products in the world," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. "Through our laboratory programs and our standards development efforts, we can help American industry be agile, innovative and competitive."
The total request of $857 million for NIST is divided into three appropriations:
Scientific and Technical Research and Services (STRS), $648 million
The FY 2013 STRS request funds NIST's laboratory programs as well as a number of other important initiatives. NIST research laboratories, facilities and services programs work at the cutting edge of science to ensure that U.S. industry, as well as the broader science and engineering communities, have the measurements, data and technologies to further innovation and industrial competitiveness. Initiative funding requests include:
Industrial Technology Services (ITS), $149 million
Construction of Research Facilities (CRF), $60 million: The CRF request includes funding for NIST's routine maintenance and repair budget ($48.2 million) as well as the following:
As part of the Administration's efforts to revitalize manufacturing, the President's budget proposes $1 billion in mandatory funding to establish a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Through a collaboration between NIST, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, the NNMI aims to promote the development of manufacturing technologies with broad applications.
The Administration has also submitted a National Wireless Initiative as part of the American Jobs Act that would provide NIST with up to $300 million for a Wireless Innovation Fund. The fund will help develop cutting-edge wireless technologies for public safety users. NIST would partner with industry and public safety organizations on research, development and demonstration activities aimed at new standards, technologies and applications that will advance public safety communications. The goal is to build a truly seamless and interoperable broadband system that allows first responders and other public-safety personnel anywhere in the nation to reliably send and receive data, voice and other communications to save lives, prevent casualties and avert acts of terror.
The following links provide additional information about the NIST FY 2013 budget request: