FY18 Omnibus Includes Spending Increases for Key Science Agencies and Their Programs

For the National Science Foundation (NSF) the bill provides a total of $7.8 billion which is $295 million or 4% over the FY17 level. For Research and Related Activities, the bill provides $6.3 billion which represents a 5% increase over FY17. The accompanying statement to the bill includes the following language with respect to marine seismology,

“The agreement reiterates the importance of ensuring that NSF-funded marine research vessels with unique seismic capabilities remain available to the academic marine geology and geophysics community to support a variety of important undersea research efforts.”