Science Foundation Requests More Funding

Proponents for the National Science Foundation (NSF) are seeking increased funding for engineering and computer research, especially since Congress committed to doubling the National Institutes of Health budget for medical and science research in fiscal year 2003.

06/13/2002


Proponents for the National Science Foundation (NSF) are seeking increased funding for engineering and computer research, especially since Congress committed to doubling the National Institutes of Health budget for medical and science research in fiscal year 2003.

A bill, recently introduced to the House Science Committee, would authorize a 15% increase in funds, which is $540 million per year for the next three years, effectively doubling NSF's budget by 2006.

If approved, this measure would be quite a bit more generous than the Bush administration's initial 2003 budget request for the NSF which amounted to a 5% increase from 2002 funding.

According to Ralph Wyndrum, a vice president with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, increased funding would enable the NSF to address research needs such as security and information.





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