NSF asks for $555 million increase in U.S. scientific research budget

Washington, D.C. – The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced its proposed 2010 budget of $7.045 billion, representing an 8.5% increase or $555 million over 2009. The organization indicated that the budget reflects the change in focus brought forward by the Obama administration and will provide additional funding for “major investments in the scientific infrastructure, research endeavors and human capital.”

The NSF’s request for more money may raise some eyebrows here and there, but it is in line with what we have heard from Barack Obama over the past months and it reflects what academia and especially Silicon Valley has been asking for. The $7 billion budget puts the NSF on a path to substantially boost U.S. research over the next few years, doubling the 2008 budget by 2016. 

A detailed list can be found in the NSF’s press release.

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