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Federal funding for research rose by $3.7 billion, or 6 percent, between fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, according to a new Infobrief from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).A $1.3 billion increase in research obligations by the Department of Health and Human Services drove much of the upswing in funding. Federal FY2014 obligations for research totaled $62.9 billion.Preliminary data indicates that federal research funding remained relatively flat at $63.4 billion in FY2015, and then increased by $2.7 billion, to $66.2 billion, in FY2016.Obligations for basic research, which focuses on fundamental scientific exploration, increased 6 percent, to $31.6 billion.
Obligations for applied research, which focuses on gaining knowledge or understanding to meet a specific need, also increased by 6 percent, to $31.3 billion.Changes in research funding at specific agencies from FY2013 to FY2014 included: