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AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT. Stimulus Background for: National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Endowment for the Arts Elizabeth Grossman Ph.D, Carole McGuire, Michael Ledford March 19, 2009. National Science Foundation.

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American recovery and reinvestment act


Stimulus Background for:

National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Endowment for the Arts

Elizabeth Grossman Ph.D, Carole McGuire, Michael Ledford

March 19, 2009

National science foundation
National Science Foundation

Overall, NSF received $3 billion in the stimulus bill.

Nsf research 2 billion
NSF – Research ($2 billion)

  • Distribution Among Programs: Funding will support all research divisions, although not necessarily evenly.

  • Primary Goal and Method of Distribution: Increasing success rates in planned FY 2009 competitions. (Current plan - no supplements.)

  • Focus on the Pipeline: Particular emphasis on funding for early career researchers and support for undergrads, grad students, and post-docs. (Congressional interest in STEM workforce and jobs jobs jobs.)

Nsf infrastructure and instrumentation
NSF – Infrastructure and Instrumentation

  • Facilities Modernization: $200 million to restart an old NSF program to repair and renovate science and engineering research facilities (not new construction). New solicitation coming.

    • Note: NIST also has $180 million for an existing research buildings construction grant program.

  • Instrumentation: $300 million for existing NSF Major Research Instrumentation program. New solicitation likely.

  • Other Infrastructure: NSF can use research funds for already-planned small and medium-sized infrastructure projects and ongoing discipline-specific instrumentation programs.

Nsf education
NSF - Education

  • Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs: $15 million to establish a new program to facilitate the creation or improvement of PSMs. New solicitation needed.

  • Increase Success Rates in Two Programs: Extra funding for Noyce Teacher Scholarship program ($60 million) and Math and Science Partnerships ($25 million).

Department of energy
Department of Energy

  • Department of Energy (DOE) is key agency for President Obama’s initiatives in energy independence and climate change; reflected in ARRA

  • $1.6 billion for DOE Office of Science for basic research will be spent relatively quickly and support jobs

  • DOE will devote part to infrastructure projects and facility upgrades to address backlog

  • DOE plans to devote part to funding new Energy Frontier Research Centers

Doe long term
DOE – Long-term

  • ARRA provides nearly $40 billion to develop clean, efficient domestic sources of energy

  • Funding will largely implement President Obama’s energy plan

  • Research opportunities in energy efficiency and renewable energy and fossil energy – applied research

  • Spending likely to be focused on partnerships of industry, academia, and DOE national laboratories

Doe smart grid
DOE Smart Grid

  • ARRA provides $4.5 billion for development of the smart electricity grid

  • DOE program is now $137 million

  • R&D focus is on high temperature superconductivity R&D; visualization and controls; energy storage and power electronics; and renewable and distributed systems integration

  • New solicitations likely; focus on utilities and industry partnerships

Doe eere research
DOE EERE Research

  • $2.5 billion is provided for energy efficiency and renewable energy RDD&D; compares to $1.9 billion

  • Focus on developing new EERE technologies, reducing carbon emissions, and reducing utility bills

  • $800 million is for biomass; $400 million is for geothermal; $50 million is to increase efficiency of information and communications technology

  • $1.25 billion to wind, solar, hydrogen, water power, etc.

  • Expect new solicitations; funds to be awarded competitively to universities, companies and DOE national laboratories

Doe clean energy priority
DOE Clean Energy Priority

  • DOE Secretary Chu’s clean energy priorities include deploying demonstrated RE technologies (wind, solar, geothermal) at scale and cost-effectively

  • Demonstrate next-generation energy technologies (cc&s, cellulosic biofuels, batteries and storage systems, enhanced geothermal, next-generation nuclear)

  • Research and develop future energy technologies (advanced solar, methane hydrates, coal-bed methane, enhanced oil recovery)

Doe fossil energy r d
DOE Fossil Energy R&D

  • $1 billion for existing Fossil Energy R&D programs (coal, natural gas, oil) that address fuel and power systems; fuel cells; advanced turbine technologies; likely to go to FutureGen project in Illinois

  • $1.5 billion directed to a competitive solicitation for a range of industrial carbon capture and energy efficiency improvement projects, including a small amount of innovative concepts for beneficial CO2 reuse

  • This is a separate initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change

Fossil energy cont
Fossil Energy (cont.)

  • $50 million in competitive grants for site characterization activities in geologic formations

  • $20 million for geologic sequestration training and research grants

  • Oil and gas expertise may open opportunities in this new focus area

Arpa e

  • ARRA funds establishment of Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy – ARPA-E

  • Within DOE with goal to support novel, early-stage energy research; technology development; R&D on manufacturing processes; technology demonstration and tech transfer

  • High-risk, high-reward R&D and transformational science are priorities for DOE Secretary Chu

Doe infrastructure
DOE - Infrastructure

  • Office of Science funding is proposed to be spent on DOE laboratory and related infrastructure – address the backlog

  • Interest in developing “green” campuses

  • ARRA provides $3.2 billion for new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants

  • Funding to Governors, State, local and tribal governments for energy efficiency and conservation projects by formula

Doe education and training
DOE – Education and Training

  • Secretary Chu emphasizes investing in breakthrough science to achieve transformational discoveries; connect basic and applied sciences at DOE

  • Develop science and engineering talent; attract the best to DOE; partner with other agencies, industry, academia, and globally

  • Create millions of green jobs and increase competitiveness

  • Position US to lead on climate change policy, technology, and science

National endowment for the arts
National Endowment for the Arts

  • $50 million appropriated to NEA

  • $500,000 for administrative and program support purposes

  • $19.8 million (40%) available to be distributed to State arts agencies and regional arts organizations when subgranting will distribute funds through competitive and qualitative reviews (already competed)

  • $29.7 million (60%) available for competitively selected grants to non-profit arts organizations

    • Eligible institutions are 501(c) 3 organizations which have received NEA funding in the last four years (a grant must have been awarded in 2005 for FY 2006 or after that date). Institutions may request a grant between $25,000 and $50,000 and there is no matching requirement. The due date for grant applications is April 2nd.

National endowment for the arts1
National Endowment for the Arts

  • Proposals from eligible institutions are limited to:

    • Salary support for one or more positions that are critical “to an organization’s artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate” or

    • For “fees for previously engaged artists and/ or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.”  

  • Additional information can be found here:

Stimulus not business as usual
Stimulus – Not Business as Usual

  • Programmatic decisions at agencies being made in days, not years.

  • Once agency plans approved by White House, expect flurry of activity, with short turnaround times.

  • Intensive Tracking Requirements (quarterly reports on spend and completion rates, jobs created).