Computing Research Policy Blog

The Computing Research Association (or CRA) has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades. More recently the CRA Government Affairs program has enhanced its efforts to help the members of the computing research community contribute to the public debate knowledgeably and effectively.

Posts categorized under: Funding

Highlights from the House Science Budget Hearing

The biggest news from the annual House Science Committee budget briefing was confirmation that NSF Director Rita Colwell was indeed resigning and that NIST Director Arden Bement would become interim director beginning February 22, 2004. Colwell will become head of the newly created Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., and accept academic appointment with UMD and […]

Enlightening Comments from DOD Comptroller

Thanks to Tom Jones of CNSR for pointing this out: NEWS TRANSCRIPT from the United States Department of Defense DoD News Briefing Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Dr. Dov Zakheim Friday, January 30, 2004 – 9:00 a.m. EST Q: Why don’t you invest more in S&T? I looked in the R1 books and each of […]

Some NSF Budget Info

Still parsing the numbers, but here’s a more detailed look at NSF Research and Related Activities (includes CISE) – $4.45 B; up from $4.25 B in FY04; increase of 4.7 percent. Education and Human Resources – $772 M; down from $939 M in FY04; decrease of 18 percent* Major Research Equipment – $213 M; up […]

Science Chairman Responds to Budget

House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert’s statement: “I am very disappointed in the proposed science budget, and I will be working with the Administration and my Congressional colleagues to improve the numbers as we move through the budget process. I understand that we are in a very tight fiscal situation and that the Administration has […]

A Quick Look at the FY 05 Budget

A word? Disappointing. Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2005 Here’s a quick breakdown before I run off to the various Agency budget briefings: NITRD FY 05 NSF – $761 M; +$7 M over FY04; increase of 1% HHS (primarily NIH) – $371 M, +$3M over FY04; increase of 1% DOE – $354 […]


From the New York Times — Bush Is Said to Seek More Money for Arts. Bush is apparently poised to request $20 million for the NEA for FY 2005, an increase of $15 million over FY 2004. Interesting move for a GOP Administration in a very tight budget year….

Trends in DOD Basic Research Support

Elaine McCusker of the CNSR and Toby Smith of AAU passed on this interesting slide presentation detailing basic research funding at the Department of Defense by Bob Trew at NC State. In it, Trew highlights concerns (concerns CRA shares) about “6.1” funding at DOD, primarily: The 6.1 (basic research) budget at DOD continues to decline […]

Senate Passes Omnibus Appropriation

After much delay, the Senate yesterday passed the FY 2004 Omnibus appropriations bill, clearing the way for the bill to head to the White House nearly 4 months after the start of the 2004 fiscal year. By passing the gargantuan 700-plus page bill, Congress approved a modest increase in funding for information technology research and […]

“This is going to be an austere budget”

President Bush will apparently ask for an increase of just 1 percent overall in non-defense, non-homeland security related discretionary spending for FY 2005. The Washington Times has the details. Because some programs, like the Administration’s education initiatives, will be slated for increases over 1 percent, other programs will likely receive cuts. Whispers around DC suggest […]