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Call for input to review of the NITRD program

Ed Lazowska posted at the CCC blog recently that the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is conducting a review of the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, and he is soliciting your input.

US Capitol DomeThe history of these assessments goes back to the Brooks/Sutherland National Academies study in 1995, and includes several reviews by the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (in particular the landmark 1999 PITAC report), and most recently a 2007 assessment by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  The impact of these assessments on the direction of the NITRD program has been significant.

…Members of the research community are invited to provide input to working group members regarding the nation’s IT R&D portfolio.

Lazowska is co-chairing the working group along with PCAST member David Shaw.

In case you need a refresher, NITRD is (in 2010) a $4.3B multi-agency effort that is coordinated by the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Information Technology Research and Development of the National Science and Technology Council. NITRD comprises research in eight program areas, including high performance computing. There are 13 agencies, with the NSF in the lead.

Those interested in providing feedback can leave a comment on the CCC blog post, or email a member of the team directly (check the full listing in Ed’s post).

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