NEH - AAU FY13 Funding Request
On behalf of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 61 leading U.S. public and private research universities, I appreciate the opportunity to express strong support for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). AAU urges Congress to continue funding the NEH at the FY10 final funding level of $167.5 million. In particular, we remain committed to maintaining existing funding levels for the core competitive programs within the endowment..
We are writing to urge the Subcommittee to provide $232.5 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, with $144 million for NEH National Programs and $60 million for the NEH Federal/State Partnership.
NEH national programs represent the pool of funds that support peer-reviewed, competitive grant opportunities for a wide range of educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and individual scholars around the country. They encompass NEH core programs, divisions, and special initiatives: Research, Education, Preservation & Access, Challenge Grants, Public Programs, the Office of Digital Humanities, We the People, and Bridging Cultures. NEH has the immediate capacity to distribute increased funds nationwide through existing program structures, as evidenced by current application and award rates, as well as demonstrated success at significantly higher historical funding levels. Current funding for NEH national programs is $99.6 million, just over half of its FY 1994 value, equivalent in today’s dollars to about $185.7 million when adjusted for inflation.
The President’s proposed FY11 budget would cut the Endowment’s resources at a time when the agency is operating at only about one-third of its demonstrated capacity of $415 million in inflation-adjusted dollars. Specifically, the budget would cut national program funds by $7.2 million (5.6 percent) from $140 million in FY10 to $132.8 million in FY11. The relatively small amount of money saved by the proposed budget would contribute little to overall budget savings but would have a significant impact on the Endowment’s ability to support humanities research and education.
Following is a statement by Robert M. Berdahl, President of the Association of American Universities (AAU), on President Obama’s appointment of former Rep. Jim Leach as Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dear Representatives Slaughter, Shays, Dicks, Price, and Leach: On behalf of the 60 leading U.S. public and private research institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), I would like to extend our sincerest thanks to you for your leadership in sponsoring the amendment to H.R. 5386 raising FY07 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). We greatly appreciate the bipartisan work of the Congressional Humanities Caucus and Arts Caucus to provide an additional $5 million for each of these important agencies.
Dear Colleague, Because the study and transmission of our history, culture, and heritage is vital to our nation, we are pleased to introduce the Congressional Humanities Caucus. We welcome new members this inaugural year as we seek to ensure the continued vitality of the humanities programs that enrich American intellectual and cultural life.
On behalf of 60 leading public and private research universities in the United States, thank you for your leadership in sponsoring the amendment to H.R. 4568 increasing FY2005 appropriations for the Naitonal Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
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