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White House Proposes $2B More for Federal R&D in FY 2013

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The White House has proposed $140.8 billion for federal research and development in fiscal year 2013, according to its budget proposal.

The proposal boosts federal R&D by $2 billion and the departments of Homeland Security and Energy National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Department would see the biggest increases.

Cumulative funds for the three agencies rose to $13.1 billion; a 4.4 percent increase from 2012.

R&D funding for DHS rose 26.3 percent to $729 million.

The White House said funds will support advances in cybersecurity, explosives detection and response systems for chemical and biological threats.

The Energy Department would receive $11.9 billion for R&D, an 8 percent increase from 2012.

DOE will focus on developing clean energy technology and programs.

NIST’s R&D funding totals $708 million; a 13.8 percent increase from 2012.

The White House said the increase would go toward programs for advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and nanotechnology.

Total defense R&D funding totals $71.2 billion; down $1.5 billion from fiscal 2012.

Non-defense R&D funding rose to $64.9 billion; up 5 percent from fiscal 2012.

Other agencies that saw proposed R&D increases for 2013 include:

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