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Webinar Describes Federal Budget Priorities

Chart of increasing planned funding for Science and Innovation though 2017
Chart of increasing planned funding for Science and Innovation though 2017

Towson, Md. (December 1, 2010) In the opening session of a webinar on federal funding priorities, Kei Koizumi, assistant director for Federal Research and Development, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), discussed federal research and development funding priorities for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 and science and technology policy in the Obama administration.

 

During his Nov. 8 presentation, sponsored by the University of Missouri and the National Association of College and University Business Officers,  Koizumi noted that the federal research and development priorities for fiscal year 2011 (which began Oct. 1, 2010) are an investment in the sciences, health, energy/climate, and security. The America COMPETES (America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act of 2007) Reauthorization Act would mean a continuation of the vision for doubling in funding for three key science agencies:  the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.  A funding focus for fiscal year 2011 is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; the administration will invest $3.7 billion in STEM education in 2011.  Important initiatives include the “Educate to Innovate” campaign, a National Lab day in May 2011 and “Race to the Top” funding. 

 

Although funding will increase for key agencies in fiscal year 2011, fiscal year 2012 is expected to be a very difficult budget year.  Agencies have been asked to prepare budgets of 5 percent less than their fiscal year 2011 funding.  Within these constraints, the Obama administration has identified the following research and development priorities for fiscal year 2012:

·         Sustainable economic growth and job creation

·         Improved health outcomes

·         Clean energy

·         Global climate change

·         Natural resources– sustainability and biodiversity

·         Technologies to protect the country’s troops, citizens and national interests.

 

The focus on STEM education, economic and work force development, and technology puts Towson University in an excellent position to be competitive in submitting proposals to federal funding agencies.

 

Koizumi’s presentation is available at http://research.missouri.edu/federalupdate/files/koizumi.pdf .

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