White House adviser: R&D funding is up

Federal R&D efforts in areas such as high-performance computing, grid computing and next-generation microprocessors are receiving more direct money than ever before, a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology said late last month.

Steve Papermaster said the Bush administration requested $132 billion for R&D for fiscal 2005, up from $92 billion four years ago, and money going for life sciences research, which includes core computing and IT, is up 18 percent over the last 10 years.

Papermaster, speaking at the 24th annual Management of Change conference in Philadelphia, sponsored by the American Council for Technology, said research spending also could lead to wider use of next-generation WiFi technologies, including WiMax, which uses the 802.16 protocol.

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