Science and technology research got a boost in President Obama's budget released Monday.
The National Science Foundation, which funds such research at universities and colleges across the country received a 13-percent increase in its budget over last year.
In a move that the administration says will help drive economic growth and stimulate innovation, the budget allocates $7.8 billion for NSF.
"NSF's research programs and high-tech workforce development programs help drive future economic growth, global competitiveness and the creation of high-wage jobs for American workers," the budget report states.
The budget also calls for more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as a reduction in funding for low-performing and lower-priority education and research programs.
Like most items on the president's budget, however, NSF faces a Congress focused on budget cuts, and House Republican appropriators have called for a $139 million cut in the foundation's budget.
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