TABLE C.1 NSF Astronomy Division Funding Data from FY 2000 (Thousands of Current-Year Dollars)

Budget Category

Dollars

Percentage of Budget

Research

33,200

24

Operations

88,000

64

Construction and instrumentation

16,800

12

Total

138,000

100

 

SOURCE: NSF’s Astronomical Sciences Division.

for Education and Human Resources (for some undergraduate and graduate education), Crosscutting/Interdisciplinary Programs, and the Office of Integrative Activities. NSF supports the operation of six major national observing centers—the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, with facilities in Arizona and Chile; the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, with facilities in New Mexico, West Virginia, Virginia, and Arizona;

FIGURE C.1 Overall funding of astronomy by NASA and NSF. Astro/NSF and Astro/NASA are the relative fractions of the NSF and NASA research and development budgets allocated to astronomy and astrophysics research (right-hand scale).

SOURCE: After Figure 2.2 in Federal funding of Astronomical Research (National Research Council, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 2000), p. 8.



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