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Federal funding for networking and information technology research and development (R&D) is essential to maximize the benefits of science and technology that advance health, tackle the climate crisis, and bring prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans. This Supplement to the President’s FY 2024 Budget provides an overview of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program’s $10.9 billion FY 2024 R&D budget request, a 13.5% increase over the FY 2023 budget request, and including a 19.2% increase in artificial intelligence R&D investments. With these increases, NITRD agencies are answering the Biden-Harris Administration call to focus activities, programs, and investments in all seven domains identified in the FY 2024 Multi-Agency Research and Development Priorities memo.1 Throughout the Supplement there are highlighted example programs that advance solutions within these seven domains: Preparing for and preventing pandemics; Reducing the death rate from cancer by half; Tackling climate change; Advancing national security and technological competitiveness; Innovating for equity; Cultivating an equitable STEM education, engagement, and workforce ecosystem; Promoting open science and community-engaged R&D.

The NITRD Program, composed of 25 member agencies with a total of over 80 participating agencies, focuses its work on strategic R&D imperatives that lead to cutting-edge technologies and strengthens U.S. competitiveness. The NITRD Program, now in its 31st year, was launched by the High-Performance Computing (HPC) Act of 1991 and reauthorized by Congress in 2017 (American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 (P.L. 114-329),  This Supplement fulfills the mandate to submit to Congress annually a Supplement to the President’s Budget in which member agencies describe their R&D budget in HPC, IT, and networking. NITRD’s interagency communication and collaboration in IT R&D leverage agency strengths, help avoid duplication, and foster development of interoperable systems, thus improving the cost-effectiveness of Federal research investments.

Included in this Supplement is the budget and program information required to be submitted to Congress annually by the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (NAIIA). This report provides a status of the National AI Research Institutes as called for in the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020.

The NITRD Program objectives are to coordinate Federal agency networking in IT R&D; foster the transition of research innovations into practical use; provide the IT R&D foundations for assuring continued U.S. leadership in science and technology; support investments that develop tools and technologies with the potential to open new areas of discovery; and increase government accountability and efficiency with advanced IT.

Through NITRD, Federal agencies exchange information; collaborate on research plans and activities such as testbeds, workshops, strategic planning, and cooperative solicitations; and focus their R&D resources on common goals of making new discoveries and developing new technology solutions. The NITRD Program provides a framework and mechanisms for coordination that support R&D in advanced networking and information technology and leverages IT advances arising from Federal R&D investments to address our nation’s most critical priorities.

The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office (NAIIO) provides a coordinated program across the entire Federal government to harness the benefits and mitigate the risks of AI. The mission of the NAIIO is to ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI R&D, lead the world in the development and use of trustworthy AI in the public and private sectors, and prepare the present and future U.S. workforce for the integration of AI systems across all sectors of the economy and society. The NAIIA Federal agencies now invest approximately $110 million in 25 AI Research Institutes.

This Supplement is organized by Program Component Areas (PCAs) and related interagency working groups. The PCAs are the major subject areas under which Federal agencies report their budget, and the Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) are composed of the agencies with investments in the associated PCAs. This Supplement provides NITRD members’ budget reporting for the most recently completed budget cycle, the current budget cycle, and the budget requests for the next fiscal year.


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