Social Science Lens on Trump Administration FY2018 Budget Proposal


The Consortium of Social Science Associations in Washington (COSSA) has been reporting their analysis of debates in Washington over the federal government budget. In a letter to ISSR and other members this week, COSSA builds on analysis of the Trump Administration's "skinny budget" with the following highlights of  the President's full FY18 budget request:




  • For the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the President’s FY 2018 budget would provide $26.9 billion, a reduction of $7.2 billion or 21 percent below the FY 2017 funding level provided by the omnibus. 
  • The Census Bureau, which received a fairly modest increase in the FY 2017 omnibus, would receive an even smaller increase of $54 million (3.7 percent), for a total of $1.524 billion (about half the amount of the FY 2016 to FY 2017 increase). 
  • The Administration’s budget would also reduce reimbursement of indirect costs, also known as grantee administrative and facilities costs, “so that available funding can be better targeted toward supporting the highest priority research on diseases that affect human health.” The budget would cap the indirect cost rate for NIH grants at 10 percent of total research and would “be applied to all types of grants with a rate higher than 10 percent currently.” 

COSSA will share a full analysis of the President's budget by the end of this week. Check it out at, where you can also sign up for the Association's weekly newsletter, Washington Update.