HR 6229 Reauthorizes programs conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as establishes continued support for quantum information science and artificial intelligence research investments.
For 2018, a total of $1,198,500,000 is allocated by the Department of Commerce for NIST programs with $724.5M allocated for scientific and technical research initiatives, $319M for the construction and maintenance of NIST facilities, $140M for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (outlined in the National Institute and Standards Act, 15 U.S.C. 278k), and $15M for the Network for Manufacturing Innovation Program (also outlined in the National Institute and Standards Act, 15 U.S.C. 278s).
For 2019, a total of $1,115,000,000 is allocated by the Department of Commerce for NIST programs with $109.9M for advanced communications, networks, and scientific data systems missions; $103.2M for cybersecurity and privacy missions; $234M for fundamental measurements and quantum science missions; $89.8M for physical infrastructure and resilience missions; $120M for the construction and maintenance of facilities; $140M for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program; and $5M the Network for Manufacturing Innovation Program.
Regarding quantum information sciences, NIST is directed to collaborate with other relevant Federal agencies to continue supporting and expanding quantum science research endeavors and training. NIST is also authorized to establish new partnerships, funding opportunities, and centers promoting quantum science research. Within a year of this bill’s passing, NIST will convene a workshop of relevant quantum science stakeholders to discuss on-going opportunities, challenges, and progress in quantum science research. This workshop will also assess NIST’s efforts in quantum science as well the progress of the National Quantum Initiative Program (proposed in the National Quantum Initiative Act, S 3143 and HR 6227). Funding for these efforts will be provided by the Department of Commerce for up to $80M through FY 2019.
Also included among the initiatives within this bill is the directive that NIST continue to support the Nation’s advancement of artificial intelligence research and technology. Specifically, NIST is directed to expand its own endeavors in artificial intelligence research and development as well as develop standard metrics of safety and reliability of artificial intelligence systems research and development nationwide.