NSF grants aim to maintain U.S. superiority in IT

NSF grants aim to maintain U.S. superiority in IT

The National Science Foundation last month announced $156 million in grants designed to 'preserve America's position as the world leader of computer science and its applications.'

NSF selected from more than 2,000 proposals and awarded grants to more than 300 applicants.

'Through long-term, high-risk research, we expect a wide range of positive results that will benefit the nation as a whole,' NSF director Rita Colwell said. 'Our objective is to support the development of software and IT services that will help scientists and engineers make the kind of discoveries that will eventually be applied by industry.'

Among the largest of the projects, scientists at the University of California-Berkeley will develop 'societal scale' information systems aimed at solving complex problems related to energy, disaster response and education.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon, Rice and Old Dominion universities will develop software for online simulations, assimilating data from physical processes related to aerodynamics, the environment and geophysics, among others.

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