The Trump administration issues its R&D budget priorities for FY 2020

On July 31 the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, and the Deputy Assistant to the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Michael Kratsios, jointly issued a memorandum on "FY 2020 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities." This is an annual document, providing overall policy guidance to the federal agencies as they prepare their budget submissions for the next fiscal year. The guidance does not include any specific funding targets or other specific direction. But the guidance does give an indication of administration thinking, and that thinking is showing signs of better appreciating the role of federal research and development spending in building a more robust economy than reflected in last year's guidance.

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