Press Statement 19-001

Statement on executive order to maintain American leadership in artificial intelligence

NSF director supports White House Executive Order American AI Initiative

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NSF supports transformative research in AI and machine learning, and enhancing the workforce.

February 11, 2019

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order Feb. 11, titled "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence." The order aims to promote sustained investment and innovation in artificial intelligence (AI), enhance access to resources for AI research, and train a next-generation AI research workforce. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova, who will participate in the signing ceremony, issued the following statement:

NSF has a long and rich history of supporting transformative research in AI and machine learning, and is an essential contributor to growing the workforce needed to advance AI research and development. We look forward to supporting the AI Initiative, which will be critically important to maintaining American leadership in technology and innovation.

Advances in AI are crucial for the U.S. science and engineering enterprise, and nearly all sectors of our 21stcentury economy. Many of the transformative uses of AI that we are witnessing today are founded in federal government investments in fundamental AI research that reach back over decades. Building the foundations of tomorrow's AI innovations will require new interdisciplinary collaborations, resources, and strategic vision -- principles that NSF has championed in its support of fundamental AI research. I could not be more pleased to see them articulated as part of the American AI Initiative.

The AI innovations that NSF has funded have helped the U.S. capitalize on the full potential of this critical research area, and we are eager to join this initiative to strengthen our economy, advance job growth, and better our society.


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2020, its budget is $8.3 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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