Boosted US science budgets are still short of ambition, say some in the research world
Two events in late 2022 have set the stage for how US R&D funding and policy are likely to play out in 2023. The first was the mid-term elections, where despite there being no ‘red wave’, Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives.
The second took place just as 2022 was drawing to a close, when Congress finally passed its $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill. As has become traditional, political wrangling meant that the bill arrived months after the start of the 2023 fiscal year in October, leaving government agencies operating on 2022 budgets despite 7 per cent inflation year on year.