At the turn of the year, the US R&D Forecast for 2003, a joint effort of Battelle and R&D Magazine, highlighted that outside factors, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, were deeply impacting the levels of funding for scientific research. According to that forecast a 10.5 percent increase in federal spending, compared to 0.13 percent for industry, would be shaping the near future, with government priorities related to defense seeing significant increases in the 2003 budget, and beyond.
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