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Despite lean times, Obama wants R&D hikes

Proposed FY 2013 federal budget would stall nonmandated spending overall, but science and tech would climb

Research into climate change and advanced manufacturing will see substantially increased federal support next year if President Obama gets his way, as will education in the STEM fields — science, technology, education and mathematics. The president’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2013, unveiled February 13, calls for slight increases across most research spending categories. In some areas, the recommended spending boosts would vastly outpace inflation.

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