Trends in Federal Funding for R&D

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At the recent AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum, Patrick Clemins, Director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, discussed R&D in the FY2012 Government budget.  He opened with the interesting observation that the most popular news items in last month’s Washington Post were (1) The Federal budget, (2) the Arab revolution, and (3) Afghanistan.  

He then argued that fame brings scrutiny and enumerated some of the goals of the Federal government in FY2012: