NSF Science Centers Dead for ' 88

Washington - The National Science Foundation's plan to fund $30 million in university-based science and technology centers is dead for this year, according to NSF sources. But the program will get a boost in the 1989 budget that President Reagan will submit next Week.

A tight 1988 budget has forced NSF officials to delay plans to begin the centers program this year. At press time NSF was still processing some 400 to 500 proposals that ware submitted by, and In some cases after, the January, 15 official deadline. Although no awards will be given before the start of the next fiscal year in October, one knowledgeable official said that the 1989 budget contains "significant money" for the program.

The president's 1989 budget is expected to contain a proposed increase comparable to the 17 percent requested last year. That would mean about $300 million...

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