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NSF Requests $7 Billion to Fund Research

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The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested a $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 to fund science and technology research at U.S. universities, which would be a 16 percent increase from NSF's 2009 budget. In addition to the proposed budget, the NSF will receive $3 billion from the recently passed economic stimulus package.

Although NSF has not submitted a proposal on how it plans to spend that money, part of the stimulus funds would go to buying devices such as electron microscopes and robotic equipment for universities, says NSF's Dana Cruikshank. Another portion would be used in science and technology education programs. NSF has largely been focusing its recent research funding on nanotechnology, cloud computing, and supercomputing.

It also launched the Science and Engineering Beyond Moore's Law program, which supports groups exploring material beyond silicon that could enhance computing. NSF also is interested in developing hardware that enables petaflop and exaflop computing, and using that power to make massive data sets relevant. The Expedition in Computing program aims to use massive computational tools and data sets to support environmental sustainability, including a better understanding of weather patterns and using water resources more efficiently.

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