U.S. Fusion FY2021 Budgets

February 3, 2021

In late December 2020, the U.S Congress passed an Omnibus Appropriations Bill that included fusion appropriations for the current Fiscal Year (2021) that began on October 1 2020 and ends on September 30, 2021.

The U.S. Fusion Energy Sciences program received $672 million, compared to $671 million received in FY 2020. Within that total, the U.S. contribution to the international ITER project remains at $242 million, the same as in FY 2020. The appropriation specifies that $15 million be provided to the petawatt power upgrade at the Matter in Extreme Conditions program at Stanford Linear Accelerator (the same is in FY 2020), and "at least" $21 million for the Materials Plasma Exposure Experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The appropriation also specifies level funding of $4 million for the INFUSE program that supports collaborations between DOE and private fusion ventures.

The U.S. Inertial Confinement Fusion program (within the DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration) received $575 million, compared to $555 in FY 2020. Within that total, $349 million would go to the National Ignition Facility and "at least" $82 million to the Omega project and "at least" $67 million to the Z Facility. A separate allocation of $8.7 million was provided for High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas in a new account under the Academic Programs category.