In President Obama ‘s speech on research given yesterday at the National Academy of Science, the President offered a series of proposals that are what the research university community and others have long hoped and desired.   It could well be a historic speech.

From A Public Voice:

March 3, 2009 – The Federal Stimulus Plan, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, contains large increases in Federal support for research, education, job development, infrastructure and many other areas that are important to UWGB. For info, email

June 10, 2009 – The full House Appropriations Committee cleared the asure. Many items are of interest in that they coincide with UW System federal priorities. The bill includes, among other items:

$6.9 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $446 million above the current FY2009 level and $108 billion below the administration request.

$18.2 billion for NASA, $483 million above the current level and$483 million below the request.

$781 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), $57.5 million below FY2009 levels and $65 million below the administration request.  Within NIST, the bill would fund the Technology Innovation Program at $70 million.

NOAA would be funded at $4.6 billion, $238 million above the current level and $129 million above the request.