# Stimulating mathematics

So, a draft of the stimulus package is making its way around the internets.

• 3 billion to the NSF; 2 billion of that specifically for “employment opportunities.”  Under current allocations, math’s share would be between \$100 million and \$50 million.
• A \$500 increase in the Pell Grant.
• Billions in direct aid to state universities (couldn’t find a specific number on that one; \$39 billion to all levels of education).

The real question is: will any of this money make it into the job market this year?  If it does, in what form?  Does giving out more grants count as “employment opportunities” or does that mean a lot of people being directly employed by the NSF (a second round of postdoctoral and graduate fellowships when the stimulus comes through, perhaps)?

Does anyone more informed in the ways of the NSF than me have ideas?

## 10 thoughts on “Stimulating mathematics”

1. “Between \$100 million and \$50 million” — the numbers seem to be in the wrong order here.

Still, more money is good.

2. \$500 increase in Pell Grant? That seems to be of a lower order of magnitude than any of the other numbers mentioned…

3. Michael, my math is as follows:
NSF annual budget = 6 billion
NSF math budget = 200 million
NSF stimulus = ~3 billion
math stimulus = ~100 million

4. Charles, you must have neglected to multiply by the nnumber of people receiving, which must be in the millions.

5. Allen Knutson says:

\$15.6 billion for the Pell grants.

6. Ben, I was criticizing the fact that 100 is greater than 50 Your math makes sense.

7. anon says:

I believe that NSF has been holding up officially awarding some grants until their 2009 FY budget comes through. So a second round may not be necessary.

8. oops, I misinterpreted the word “order,” as everyone has probably guessed.

9. The problems people are having with numbers in the comments above may illustrate the need for a stimulus.