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Computing, NSF to Get Top Billing in 2000 Budget

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Science  15 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5400, pp. 302-303
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5400.302

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An initiative to boost computing research is expected to be the science highlight of an otherwise lackluster fiscal year 2000 budget proposal that President Bill Clinton is preparing to send Congress on 1 February. Administration officials have been warning for months that a harsh budget climate might freeze civilian research and development spending. But Science has learned that plans will include moderate increases for selected science agencies, including the National Science Foundation, which at 6% would receive the largest percentage increase of any basic research agency. Growth at the National Institutes of Health would be minimal after a record-breaking increase in 1998, however, and military spending on basic research at universities could slump under the proposed budget, whose prospects are unusually fluid.