MSU Economic Stimulus Funding: News and Impact

Recovery act drives MSU research

Frequently asked questions


Q: What is the ARRA?

A: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is part of President Barack Obama’s recovery plan. The multi-billion dollar stimulus bill allocates $21.5 billion for federal research to promote job growth and retention and scientific advancement. Allocated funds must be invested within two years.

Q: How will the funds be distributed?

A: Funds from the ARRA will be distributed among several federal agencies:

  • The Department of Agriculture has $176 million available to the Agricultural Research Service, $70.4 million for the Farm Service Agency, $340 million for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, $20.9 billion for Food and Nutrition Science and $1.15 billion for Forest Service.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology receives $220 million for scientific and technical research and $360 million for construction of research facilities.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration receives $830 million for a variety of projects, of which $170 million is allocated for climate modeling activities, research and supercomputer procurement.
  • The Department of Defense has $300 million available for research in energy-efficient technologies.
  • The Department of Education receives $5 billion in incentive grants to be distributed to states that pursue higher standards, quality assessments and teacher quality initiatives.
  • The Department of Energy has $1.6 billion available for scientific research. Funding will help support research in high energy and nuclear physics, advance computing, basic chemical and materials science, renewable energy technologies, battery research and advanced vehicle technologies.
  • The Department of Energy also has $3.4 billion for fossil energy research and development.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has $400 million for research on comparative effectiveness of healthcare treatment and strategies. National Institutes of Health receives $400 million and the Agency of Healthcare Research & Quality receives $300 million for similar research funding.
  • The Geological Survey receives $140 million for repair, construction and restoration of its facilities as well as for equipment upgrades such as volcanic and seismic monitoring.
  • The Department of Labor has $75 million available for its grant program which trains works for emerging industries and $500 million for research, labor exchange and job-training programs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • The National Science Foundation has $2.5 billion available for research of which $300 million will be allocated to the Major Research Instrumentation program and $200 million for modernization of research facilities. The NSF receives $100 million for education and human resources and $400 million for research equipment and construction of facilities.

Q: How are agencies distributing ARRA funding?

A: Each agency is distributing funds at its own discretion. One of the primary goals of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation is to increase the success rate of proposal acceptance. Proposals are being reviewed that were scored but not funded. Researchers may not need to resubmit for those applications. For more information, contact your program officer.


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