US funding snapshot: defence R&D up, health spending down

04 Jun 2024 | News

A close look at latest Washington data highlights fast-shifting priorities for R&D budgets – in the US as elsewhere

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The pandemic is over. War is brewing. That, anyway, is what the latest US government numbers on its R&D spending might suggest.

In its annual review of US R&D spending, the US National Science Board reported a big surge last year at the Department of Defense – to $89.2 billion from $72.6 billion a year earlier.