The President has released his FY 2021 budget request to Congress. The following is a summary of the budget requests for the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation.
U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED)
Overall, the President’s fiscal year 2021 Budget includes $66.6 billion in new discretionary budget authority for the U.S. ED, a $6.1 billion, or 8.4 percent reduction below the fiscal year 2020 appropriation. The budget calls for expanding Education Freedom Scholarships, block granting K-12 education funds, and a separate and reformed Federal Student Aid. The budget adds new funding to support children with disabilities and career and technical education for all students.
Additional U.S. ED investments:
$14 billion for IDEA programs, a $100 million increase over FY 2020 enacted levels for IDEA Grants to States
$150 million, an increase of $137.4 million, for the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) to fund STEM activities led by HBCUs and MSIs located in Opportunity Zones
$749.2 million for HBCU programs, an increase of $44 million over FY 2020 enacted level
$343 million for MSIs, an increase of $87.4 million, or 34%, over the FY 2020 enacted level
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget for HHS prioritizes investments for patient-centered healthcare, protecting lives, promoting independence, and supporting effective and efficient management and stewardship. The budget proposes $94.5 billion in discretionary budget authority and $1.3 trillion in mandatory funding for HHS. It reflects HHS’s commitment to focusing spending in areas with the highest impact.
NSF’s $7.7 billion in funding in FY 2021 will support approximately 8,100 new research grants. The budget prioritizes the administration’s Industries of the Future (IotF) initiative supporting breakthrough discoveries and workforce development to draw on the talents of all Americans, and sustain America’s globally preeminent innovation ecosystem.
The FY 2021 request also prioritizes increases in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Information Science (QIS). AI funding increases to $868 million (+$403 million), which will support an estimated 11 AI Research Institutes ($44 million), and $35 million for AI education and workforce development. QIS funding will more than double to $226 million (+$120 million).
In FY 2021, NSF continues support for its 10 Big Ideas, which are bold ideas that identify areas for future, long-term investment at the frontiers of science and engineering.