Trump’s Budget Calls For A 12% Cut To The National Science Foundation

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Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation have gone on to win 236 Nobel Prizes.

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year calls for about a $1 billion cut to spending at the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is the government’s top funder of nonmedical research, according to The Hill.

Trump’s proposal would drop the NSF’s $8.1 billion budget to $7.1 billion, amounting to a 12 percent cut.

The Hill reported that the foundation “provides about one-quarter of all federal research grants and covers fields such as engineering, mathematics, computer science and social sciences” and also provides funding for “large-scale scientific equipment.”

Researchers funded by the foundation have gone on to win 236 Nobel Prizes, according to the NSF website.

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