RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – The whopping $555 billion “Omnibus Appropriations” bill sent by Congress to President Bush just before Christmas is crammed with money for a wide variety of technology projects in North Carolina.

From research and development funding for biofuels to money to help launch a “military business park” in Fayetteville, the list makes for interesting reading.

What follows are some of the projects as provided by Senator Elizabeth Dole’s office:

• National Textile Center – $4,700,000: The National Textile Center, which includes N.C. State University, develops new textile materials and technologies, trains personnel, and conducts textile education research.

• NCSU Integrated Biomass Refining Institute – $1,000,000

• Nanostructural Materials for Safe Alternative Energy, NCSU – $1,000,000

• University of North Carolina Collaborative Initiative in Biomedical Imaging, to purchase equipment for noninvasive medical research – $1,000,000

• Aquaculture, N.C. State University – $244,000

• Crop Pathogens, N.C. State University – $242,000

• Raleigh Police Department Interoperable Communications Technology – $376,000

• Town of Cary Police Department technology upgrades – $352,500

• Center for Sustainable Life for Space Exploration – $376,000 – For research and develop biological processes for human life support (recycling air, purifying water, producing food, and maximizing human performance) in the context of exploring the solar system.

• North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center Rural Ventures Fund – $282,000

• North Carolina Technology Association Education Foundation, school technology demonstration grants – $97,000

• City of Fayetteville Military Business Park – $150,000

• St. Joseph of the Pines Health System, electronic records – $97,000