underfunded, underfavored, and uncool is not where any politician wants to be.
So far, the effort is underfunded and hasn't yet enticed China and India.
Even at wealthy libraries, security in rare books and map collections is often underfunded.
1660s, from French fond "a bottom, floor, ground" (12c.), also "a merchant's basic stock or capital," from Latin fundus "bottom, foundation, piece of land," from PIE root *bhudh- "bottom, base" (cf. Sanskrit budhnah, Greek pythmen "foundation, bottom," Old English botm "lowest part;" see bottom (n.)). Funds "money at one's disposal" is from 1728. Fund-raiser (also fundraiser) first attested 1957.
1776, from fund (n.). Related: Funded; funding.