Archive for February 13th, 2012


UPDATED: The President’s FY 2013 Budget

February 13th, 2012

(This post has been updated; please scroll below for the latest!)

Copies of of President Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office in Washington, Feb. 9 [image courtesy Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP via The Washington Post].Later this morning, President Obama will unveil his budget request for FY 2013. A number of budget briefings by Federal funding agencies are scheduled throughout the day, including one at 3:30pm EST at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our colleagues at CRA’s Policy Blog will have a complete breakdown of the numbers for those agencies with ties to computing research. And we’ll highlight a few specific research priorities here later in the day. Stay tuned!


Updated Monday, Feb. 13, at 1:00pm EST: The FY 2013 budget request has been released. More details on the Policy Blog, including this handy summary of the Administration’s R&D portions.

At NSF, the request calls for an 8.6% increase in funding to the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) (an additional $56 million) over FY 2012 levels, bringing the total funding for the directorate to $709.7 million.

The request captures CISE’s strong commitment to its core mission of advancing the frontiers of computing (funding to each of its three divisions is up approximately 9 percent) while also identifying several programs that have been elevated to a Foundation-wide level — in these cases, CISE plays a significant role, together with investments from multiple directorates and offices. Among the Foundation-wide investments:

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UPDATED: This Thursday, a Symposium on the Impact of NITRD

February 13th, 2012

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A Symposium on the Impact of NITRDSince the dawn of the digital age, fundamental research sponsored by the Federal government has supported U.S. leadership in information technology — from the first supercomputers, to the foundations of high-speed networking, to global positioning systems and wireless technologies. Much of the progress in the last 20 years has been enabled by the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, the oldest and largest of a small number of formal Federal programs that engage multiple agencies.

This Thursday, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), working with the National Coordination Office (NCO) for NITRD, will mark two decades of the NITRD Program at a daylong Symposium to be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Symposium — titled “The Impact of NITRD: Two Decades of Game-Changing Breakthroughs in Networking and Information Technology — Expanding Possibilities Ahead” — will explore how we are “transforming the world, driving the nation’s competitiveness, and leading into the future.” The meeting will be streamed live via the web (no pre-registration necessary).

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