TABLE 1-2 Estimated FY 2001 Research Budget of Six Smithsonian Research Units by Source (Research Budget, Millions of Dollars)

 

Federal Funds

Trust Funds

 

Unit

Federal Appropriation

Federal - Othera

Government Grants and Contracts

Other Trustb

Total Research Budget

NMNH

14.8

0.2

1

4.8

20.8

SAO

24.9c

0.4

54.7

3.9

83.9

NZPd

3.4

0.2

0.6

2.1

6.3

STRI

6.1

0.3

1.2

2.2

9.8

SCMRE

1.2

0.2

0

0

1.4

SERC

2.1

0.1

2.2

0.8

5.2

TOTAL

52.5

1.6

59.7

13.8

127.4

NOTE: See the companion report by NAPA (2002) for a more detailed discussion of funding for research.

aTransferred from other federal agencies.

bPortion of endowment income, business income, and gifts raised by the research centers or allocated to them by SI.

cIncludes $7 million in a separate appropriation for the construction of such major scientific instrumentation as the multiple-mirror telescope and submillimeter array.

dBecause NZP reclassified its projected expenses for FY 2002 to reclassify some staff as collection staff rather than research staff, the estimated expenses for FY 2001 shown in this table will not match those shown in the NAPA report (2002). The NAPA report uses the new expense classification for FY 2001, FY 2002 and FY 2003.

In the administration’s FY 2003 budget document, OMB suggested the commissioning of a study

to recommend how much of the funds directly appropriated to the Smithsonian for scientific research should be awarded competitively. The review will encompass all Smithsonian scientific research. It will focus on enabling Smithsonian scientific research to compete on a level playing field with other potential performers of the research, where that potential exists. Following the review, if appropriate, the Administration will submit its request to transfer necessary amounts from the Smithsonian to the National Science Foundation.

SCOPE AND EXECUTION OF THIS STUDY

After the release of the President’s FY 2003 budget, a process involving contact between OMB and the Smithsonian led to the formulation of a charge for two parallel studies to be conducted by the National Academy



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