The following student aid & research programmatic requests were developed in coordination with the major higher education & research associations.


Student Aid – Department of Education

Pell Grants:

NYU and the higher education community urges Congress to support the doubling of the Pell Grant maximum award in FY22. Doubling the max Pell Grant to $13,000 (current max is $6,495) would serve as an important step in reclaiming much of the original purchasing power of the grant. The Pell Grant program is the single most important tool to enable low-income students to afford college, providing more than 7 million students with grants last year.  

Federal Work Study (FWS) and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG):

NYU urges Congress to increase support for other federal student aid programs that provide grants and work-study to low-and middle-income students. Specifically, NYU supports increasing Federal Work-Study to $1.480 billion and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) to $1.061 billion to restore the programs to their pre-sequester funding levels, adjusted for inflation. FWS includes an institutional match, helps more than 600,000 students, and it has been shown that working on campus improves graduation rates and the ability to afford college. SEOG provides targeted, need-based grant aid, with an institutional match, of up to $4,000 per student to 1.6 million students.    

Federal Research Agencies

National Institutes of Health (NIH): 

NYU urges Congress to provide at least $46.1 billion for NIH. This increased investment would allow for the NIH’s base budget to keep pace with the biomedical research and development price index (BRDPI) and allow meaningful investment growth of 5 percent to fund key scientific opportunities. NIH-funded biomedical research performed at universities has been critical to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic through the development of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.

National Science Foundation (NSF):

NYU recommends $10 billion for the NSF. This level of investment would allow for much-needed infusion of funding to allow the U.S. to keep pace with investments other countries are making in R&D across the world. According to the National Science Board’s 2020 Science and Engineering Indicators, “where once the U.S. was the uncontested leader in science and engineering, we are now playing a less dominant role.” In the last decade, NSF has only received modest increases in funding, averaging about 2.3 percent a year.

Department of Energy (DOE) Research: 

NYU recommends $7.7 billion for the DOE Office of Science. The Office of Science is the nation’s primary supporter of basic physical sciences research, and sustained funding is critical to ensuring continued U.S. leadership in the key fields such as biological sciences, quantum information sciences, computing, artificial intelligence and engineering. 

  • NYU recommends $275 million for the DOE’s Mathematical, Computational and Computer Science Research. This level is needed to ensure the long-term health and viability of the high-performance computing (HPC) ecosystem that DOE relies on for conducting groundbreaking discovery science while supporting increased investment in priority areas such as Earth and climate systems prediction, renewable energy generation, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence.  

  • NYU recommends $50 million for DOE's Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) program which provides competitive funding opportunities for non-profit incubators to support local entrepreneurs with business and technology services to help their start-up companies grow from idea to commercial product.   

Department of Defense (DOD) Research and DARPA:

NYU recommends $2.831 billion overall for 6.1 basic research, $3.712 billion for DARPA, and $17.885 billion for Defense S&T. This recommendation is consistent with the Coalition for National Security Research and constitutes a 4-percent increase, plus inflation (+2%) over FY21 levels. These funding recommendations are also consistent with the strategic approach to harnessing and protecting the National Security Innovation Base outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, as well as the goals of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. 

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): 

NYU urges Congress to provide $225 million for the NEH. This level of funding, consistent with the request of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), would allow the agency to continue to rebuild its capacity to support peer-reviewed humanities research, education and community programs. NYU and the higher education community is particularly committed to restoring funding to the competitive grant programs.

Institute for Education Sciences (IES) at the Dept of Education:

NYU supports at least $700 million for the Institute of Education Sciences to advance rigorous education research. IES supports high-quality education research that results in teaching and learning innovations that offer tremendous returns for our society. This level would help build upon the essential research and data infrastructure on which state and local education leaders depend and enable IES to evaluate the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on teaching and learning.

International Education

Title VI International Education and Foreign Language Programs at the Dept of Education:  NYU urges Congress to provide $151 million for the Department of Education’s Title VI International Education and Foreign Language programs. U.S. economic competitiveness and national security depend in part on our ability to understand an increasingly globalized world and the geopolitical factors that affect it and U.S. interests. Title VI programs play an integral role in developing the talent we need to compete on the global stage and protect our nation’s security by creating deep expertise in world regions and languages of strategic interest.   

Health Professions and Workforce Development

Title VII and Title VIII Health Professions and Nursing Workforce Development Programs:  NYU and the higher education community urges Congress to provide $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and $980 million for Title VII Health Professions Programs. Over the last 50 years, Title VIII programs have helped build the supply of highly educated nurses who are needed now more than ever as our country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. HRSA Title VII programs have been proven successful in recruiting, training and preparing our health care workforce to address inequities facing low-income and aging populations that will put enormous pressures on health systems and providers.


Background Information on NYU’s FY2022 Funding Recommendations

NYU’s FY22 funding recommendations outlined in this memorandum were developed in consultation with the leaders of the major higher education and research associations. As such, these recommendations are consistent with the higher education and research community and other major research universities throughout the country. The funding recommendations are also informed by final FY21 funding levels, the end of the Budget Control Act’s discretionary spending caps, previous funding recommendations made by the higher education and research community and the Biden Administration’s 2020 campaign proposals related to research and higher education.

For research agencies and programs, NYU’s funding recommendations draw from and align with: 1) agency or program authorization levels specified in law or in recently introduced legislation (examples: The Secure American Leadership in Science and Technology Act and the America LEADS Act); and 2) recent analyses and reports and legislation, including:  

  • Second Place America: Increasing Challenges to U.S. Scientific Leadership (2019) 
  • The Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science & Engineering (2020) 
  • Science & Technology Action Plan (2021) 
  • AAAS Analysis: The Budget Control Act May Have Cost Over $200 Billion in Federal R&D (2021)  

For student aid and other higher education programs, NYU’s recommendations generally seek to restore programs to at least the highest funding level prior to sequestration cuts, or to increase funding in FY22 to meet students’ needs and make up for inflation losses in recent years. The Pell Grant recommendation is based on the Biden Administration’s proposal to double the maximum award.