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It's budget time again! Clinton's proposed budget would boost computing and communications research by 23%, $1.2B. [NYT, 2/8/94. EDUPAGE.]

Clinton is asking for a 4% increase in R&D, "the smallest percentage of GDP since 1958." Most of the growth is in "technology" rather than "understanding nature" (the new P.C. term for "curiosity-driven research"). Defense R&D would not be cut, but NIST would get a 78% increase -- including doubling of its ATP grants (to $451M) and manufacturing extension programs. DOE's fundamental science research would be cut by 6%-14%, except for renewable energy. "The goals of DOE will be to create jobs, reduce emissions, move technology into the marketplace and increase competitiveness and exports." NASA's Earth Observing System would increase 20% (to $1.2B). NSF will get 8.3% more for research (13.7% for CISE, 6.1% for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 15% for Social Science) and 2.9% for education, unless Congress again shifts more to education. [Robert L. Park (, WHAT'S NEW, 2/11/94.] NIST's budget will also support more math and science postdoctoral fellowships. [NIST UPDATE, 2/14/94.]

NASA will soon issue a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) soliciting proposals for 1) innovative applications of the US Earth and space science remote sensing databases via computer networks, 2) development of digital library technologies, and 3) the establishment of a remote sensing public access center. Copies should be available by 3/1 on and A preproposal conference will be held at Goddard, and proposals will be accepted for 60 days. Investigator awards may be $100K-$300K/year; PI/Team awards $.5M-$1.5M/year. All organizations are eligible. Paul Hunter (, (202) 358-4618, (202) 358-3557 Fax. [2/15/94. Tim Finin.]

The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) has created some self-explanatory near-earth and planetary remote-sensing data sets for researchers interested in collaborating with NASA scientists. Telnet to (login NODIS) to browse. NSSDC also publishes a quarterly newsletter and sells CD ROMs of data for $6 (free to nonprofits). Ask for the list "NASA Space and Earth Science Data on CD-ROM", #93-27, 8/93. [Padhraic Smyth (, KD-Nuggets, 1/11/94. Chris Matheus.]