Good news, Peeps. As Beth Mole (@BethMarieMole) reported on the Nature News blog the continuing resolution passed today in the senate helps science.
NSF actually gets a bump, even post sequester:
The NSF, which received $7 billion in 2012, faces a $209 million cut this year from sequestration. The agency would have been left with just $6.79 billion for 2013. But the Senate bill would boost that budget by about $90 million, to $6.88 billion, once sequestration’s 5.1% bite is factored in.
NIH gets a proportionally smaller bump for this fiscal:
The NIH, which received $30.7 billion in 2012 and lost $1.553 billion this year to the sequester, would receive an extra $67 million from the Senate bill.
While this isn't going to fix everything that has been set in motion by the sequester, it does mean that these two agencies can breathe a little sigh of relief for the moment. It should set the dominoes in motion to release funds in the BIO directorate at NSF, which is a good thing. Similarly, those on the edge of NIH funding may see their PO smile upon them.
In our current climate, this is the first good news in a while.
UPDATE: I read this wrong last night when blogging while revising a manuscript. NSF gets close to restoration levels, but NIH takes it in the teeth based on this CR resolution.