NSF to fund digital government

National Science Foundation research solicitation

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The National Science Foundation's Information and Intelligent Systems Division plans to award up to $12 million in grants for basic research related to digital government, universal access and digital libraries in fiscal 2006.

Program officials are seeking two types of digital government proposals. One category would bring computer science researchers and government officials together to address specific challenges of the participating agencies. Research topics could include new approaches to providing citizens access to complex services while maintaining citizens' trust in the integrity and privacy of personal information.

A second digital government category would entail social, political and behavioral research on the effect of information technology on digital democracy and new forms of government-to-government and government-to-citizen interactions.

Grants would also be offered for research on technical and policy issues related to information retrieval systems, computer vision or other technologies used in large digital libraries and archives.

Other grants could be given for information systems technology research that empowers people with disabilities, young children and older people to fully participate in today’s information society.

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