Federal investments in student financial aid, faculty scholarship, and basic scientific research are vital to innovation, and our nation’s economic competitiveness and national security. AAU closely monitors and engages Congress and the Executive Branch in the annual federal budget and appropriations process to advocate for sustained and strong federal investments in: Pell Grants, Work-study, and other student financial aid programs; the research, STEM, and higher education programs at NIH, NSF, NASA, NEH, AFRI, and the Departments of Defense, Education, and Energy. Information about the annual budget process, AAU’s priorities, and summaries, statements, letters, and other materials are included in this section.
AAU Statement on Administration's FY18 Budget Proposal
Multisociety Letter on FY17-18 R&D Budget
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This multi-organization letter urges leadership in the House and Senate to reject Administration-proposed cuts to science as they begin crafting the fiscal year 2018 appropriations.
Congressional leaders are urged to consider the following points in their deliberations: