White House sets R&D priorities for 2005

In setting a science and technology R&D strategy for the fiscal 2005 budget, the Bush administration is following the Quicksilver e-government model.

Agencies that receive funding for the R&D priority areas listed in the Office of Management and Budget's June 5 guidance document must coordinate their program activities, create an inventory of them using baseline budgets and draw up interagency implementation plans.

OMB will require agencies to submit plans detailing their goals and explaining the benefits of the research for citizens. Agencies also must identify each program's relevance to specific presidential priorities.

The administration has identified six R&D areas of priority for fiscal 2005:

  • New technologies to prevent, detect and recover from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction

  • Nanoscale materials

  • High-end networking and information technologies

  • Molecular-level understanding of life processes

  • Global climate observation and predictive systems

  • Hydrogen fuel cells.

  • To view the guidance, click for link to PDF (10 pages).


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