The Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum that outlines areas in science and technology programs agencies should prioritize when writing fiscal year 2014 budget requests.
OMB Acting Director Jeff Zients asked agency heads in a June 6 memo to identify and pursue ambitious goals in the science and engineering field.
Agencies should focus on advanced manufacturing, clean energy, global climate change, nanotechnology, biological innovation, and commercialization programs, he wrote.
Research and development projects should prioritize information technology initiatives, including big data, and also address policy-making and management for ecosystem initiatives.
The big data proposal comes nearly three months after the White House announced a $200 million funding effort across six agencies to examine how the government can capitalize on insights big data offers.
Agencies should describe targeted outcomes of research and development programs in clear and quantifiable terms, Zients wrote.