CRA reports on computing research in the FY 2011 Budget

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The excellent policy blog at the CRA has posted their 2,000 word summary of the President’s requests for computing research in the 2011 budget. The post is a high level overview of funding requests for the NITRD portfolio — reading this will put you in a good position to decipher the news and updates that come out of the appropriations tennis match in coming months.


  • Funding for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program would decrease by 1.0 percent in the President’s FY 2011 Budget Request versus the FY 2010 request.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF), the primary supporter of university-led computer science research in the United States, would see its share of the NITRD program increase $80 million to $1.17 billion, or just over 7.3 percent, in FY 2011 under the President’s request.
  • Changes in leadership at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have members of the computing research community optimistic that the agency will attempt to reengage its historically fruitful relationship with university computer science researchers.


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