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Press Statement 16-003

Statement from France Córdova in support of Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

Basic research helps enhance privacy and security in a connected world

France Cordova

Dr. France A. Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation (NSF).

February 10, 2016

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"Investments in fundamental research by the National Science Foundation (NSF) have resulted in innovative ways to secure information and enhance privacy in an increasingly connected society," said France Córdova, NSF director. "They have led to novel algorithms that form the basis for e-commerce, methods for detecting security vulnerabilities in software, spam filtering and much more. In accordance with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan published yesterday, NSF will continue to invest in the research and education necessary to protect the frontiers of cyberspace."


As part of the President's Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), the Administration released the 2016 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan. The most comprehensive federal cybersecurity research and development (R&D) plan to date, it updates 2011's Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program.

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The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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