The president’s budget is generous, relatively speaking, with most science agencies, including the National Science Foundation, which funds basic science research.
The president is asking for $7.6 billion for NSF, an increase of 8.4 percent over the 2012 outlay.
The administration wants NSF to spend hundreds of millions of dollars, in partnership with the private sector and other government agencies, on creating the “smart” infrastructure of the future. As the budget document puts it, the money will go to “transforming static systems, processes, and infrastructure into adaptive, pervasive ‘smart’ systems with embedded computational intelligence that can sense, adapt and react.”
If that’s not futuristic enough, there’s also $32 million for NSF’s part in the National Robotics Initiative.