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NSF Seeks Funding Boost

February 2, 2010

When President Obama sent his new budget for FY2011 to Congress yesterday, it included a $7.4 billion request by the National Science Foundation.  This is a 8% increase over the current fiscal year’s funding and supports the President’s goal of increasing the nation’s total public and private investment in research and development to at least 3 percent of the gross domestic product.

In its budget proposal, the NSF, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary year, highlighted three programs that support the Obama Administration’s National Innovation Strategy, which encourages technology and business innovation in the United States through investing in the building blocks of innovation, promoting competitive markets that spur entrepreneurship, and driving breakthroughs for national priorities such as clean energy and healthcare technology.

The three NSF programs that are deeply connected to the Administration’s strategy and its goal of educating the next generation of Americans with 21st-Century knowledge and skills are:

  • The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, which supports new and enhanced two-year college programs that educate technicians for the high-technology workforce.
  • The Graduate Research Fellowship program and the Faculty Career Development program, which support , respectively, students and early career investigators in order to foster the nation’s next generation of scientists and engineers.
  • Climate Change Education, which addresses learning at all levels, and is another initiative designed to develop future scientists and engineers.

NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr. said NSF’s fiscal year 2011 budget request represents reaffirmation of “the agency’s roots as the nation’s wellspring of scientific innovation.”

The NSF awarded Temple University $13,539,748 in research funding in FY2009, the most recent year for which figures are available.

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