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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 29,1998
                     The 21st Century Research Fund
                  Preparing America for the 21st Century

January 29, 1998

Investing in research is critical to America's future:

The 21st Century Research Fund will lead to major, sustained increases in a wide range of civilian science and technology investments:

Highlights of the 21st Century Fund include:

National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Fund provides a $1.15 billion increase for NIH, the largest ever, to a proposed $14.8 billion agency funding level that will support greater research on diabetes, brain disorders, cancer, drug demand reduction, genetic medicine, disease prevention strategies, and the development of an AIDS vaccine. By 2003, the NIH budget would increase 50 percent, to $20 billion.

National Science Foundation. The Budget provides $3.7 billion, 10 percent more than in 1998, for NSF, whose broad mission is to promote science and engineering research and education across all fields and disciplines. The $344 million increase is NSF's largest ever.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Fund supports various ongoing activities, including: $2.1 billion for Space Science -- a three percent increase over 1998, leading to more robotic exploration of the solar system.

Department of Energy (DoE). The Fund provides $2.7 billion for DoE's science research and nuclear fusion programs, for construction of the National Spallation Neutron Source, and for the international partnership on the Large Hadron Collider. The Fund also includes funds for DoE research under the Climate Change Technology Initiative.

Department of Commerce (DoC). The Fund provides $851 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program, construction of an Advanced Measurement Laboratory on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research activities. The Advanced Technology Program will increase from $182 million in 1998 to $399 million by 2003.