NSF funds basic IT research

NSF funds basic IT research

The National Science Foundation has funded $90 million worth of grants for information technology R&D.

Under the IT research initiative, NSF gave 210 awards for studies of middleware, distributed data access, bridging the digital divide between IT-literate and disadvantaged users, and far-future technologies such as quantum computing.

The largest single grant, $11.8 million over the next five years, went to the University of Florida. In a partnership with the University of Chicago, Florida scientists hope to build a virtual data grid for researchers around the world to study massive scientific data sets.

The long-term research NSF funds is 'definitely too risky for companies and even for some industrial research labs,' said Ruzena Bajcsy, NSF's assistant director for computer and information science and engineering.

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