The funding increase would grow NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship program and the Faculty Career Development program, according to an NSF announcement. Both initiatives train college students and new educators in scientific research.
The Microsoft partnership is one of several cloud-computing projects NSF officials are involved in this year.
IT researchers at Indiana University were chosen last September to head a four-year, $15 million project to design software that will allow for supercomputers to connect and use massive processing that isn’t available to researchers today. The NSF will fund two-thirds of the project, known as FutureGrid. The remaining $5 million will be provided by outside project partners.
Other companies, including Amazon.com Inc., have made cloud computing available to campus researchers and computer science students completing projects that require high-powered servers.