In DepthU.S. Funding

Pitching science: A history of Obama's research budgets

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  19 Feb 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6275, pp. 798-799
DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6275.798

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


Last week President Barack Obama submitted his final budget request to Congress. Presidential science adviser John Holdren is fond of saying that, when it comes to science, "this president gets it." And although many research advocates generally agree, they have often been disappointed that Obama's requests for major science funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, haven't contained the steady and predictable growth that academic leaders say is essential to preserve U.S. leadership in science. Instead, the numbers have fluctuated from feast to famine, with a massive economic stimulus package passed in his first weeks in office being arguably the budgetary high point for science in the Obama presidency. What do those annual spending blueprints say about Obama's strategy and tactics as scientific salesman-in-chief?