Proposed federal budget boosts sustainability research funding

As part of President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget, the National Science Foundation is getting an 8 percent funding increase with efforts to push along sustainability research and science education.

As part of President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget, the National Science Foundation is getting an 8 percent funding increase with efforts to push along sustainability research and science education.

Overall, the National Science Foundation is projected to have a $7.4 billion budget for fiscal 2011, up 8 percent from 2010. In that sum, there's $766 million for a "cross-agency sustainability research effort focused on renewable energy technologies and complex environmental- and climate-system processes.

In addition, there's a 14 percent increase in funding for building out the science and technology workforce. To that end, the National Science Foundation will dedicate at least 5 percent of its undergrad and graduate fellowship, scholarship and training programs to push students to clean energy careers.

Here's the breakdown:

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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