Interview: NSF CIO Dorothy Aronson on IT challenges during COVID-19

“NSF is an independent Federal agency focused on promoting the progress of science and advancing the health, prosperity, and welfare of our nation. With an annual budget of $8.3 billion, NSF is the funding source for approximately 27 percent of the total Federal budget for basic research conducted by U.S. colleges and universities. The agency is also the major source of Federal backing for many fields including mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences…”

“NSF has also helped bolster the national response to COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CARES Act funding supports a wide range of research areas to help the country fight and recover from the COVID-19 crisis through several research funding mechanisms, including Rapid Response Research (RAPID). RAPID helps put scientists on the ground quickly, conducting research to help first responders gather critical insights and save lives. As of May 21, 513 awards totaling over $73 million have been made to researchers nationwide to support pandemic-related research.”

“Please join us for an in-depth conversation with Dorothy Aronson, CIO at NSF, as she shares her insight into the critical role science and technology play during times of crisis – and how to keep those wheels turning…” Read the full article here.

Source: CIO Crossroads: Federal IT in the COVID Crisis – NSF Edition – By Kate Polit, June 2, 2020 MeriTalk.

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