Business R&D Performance in the United States Tops $300 Billion in 2012

Companies spent $302 billion on research and development performed in the United States during 2012, 2.8% more than the $294 billion spent during 2011. Funding from the companies’ own sources was $239 billion during 2011 and $247 billion during 2012, a 3.6% increase; funding from other sources was $55 billion in both years.

Researchers need consistent, long-term funding

For science to truly make inroads, it needs to make long-term plans. Consistent funding is absolutely vital, yet federal budget realities severely undercut the NIH's ability to take advantage of investments in basic research that lead to the important discoveries that support lifesaving medical innovations. In 2013, the NIH awarded 640 fewer competitive research grants, and the amount awarded for existing grants was reduced by 4.7 percent - the bitter reality of federal sequestration.

University of Nebraska professors build STEM program geared toward youth

A group of University of Nebraska professors and researchers are working together to create new curriculum aimed toward exposing elementary-aged students to science, technology, engineering and math. Thanks to nearly $1 million of support from the National Science Foundation, the team will use wearable technology to teach fourth through sixth-grade students the importance of these disciplines.

Elizabeth Warren Teams Up With Orrin Hatch To Push Huge Science Research Fund

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have been quietly working for the past year on the Invest for a Healthy Future Act, a bill that may end up increasing money for government agencies that fund research by more than $21.5 billion over the next dozen years.

NSF Merit Review Process: FY 2013 Digest

Earlier this month the National Science Foundation released a sixteen-page compilation of statistics about its merit review process that will be of great interest to researchers. “The National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Process: Fiscal Year 2013 Digest” summarizes an 84-page report mandated by the National Science Board.  The digest consists of 32 charts and graphs

Alaska Airlines pledges $1 million to support STEM education in rural Alaska

Next year, as many as 650 middle school students from rural, native communities in Alaska will have the opportunity to dream a little bigger, thanks to a three-year partnership between Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP).

Energy Department Announces $53 Million to Drive Innovation, Cut Cost of Solar Power

Building on President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than $53 million for 40 innovative research and development (R&D) projects that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy, tackling key aspects of technology development in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly.

NSF Grant To Help Georgia State Professor Develop Computer Science Curriculum

Georgia State University officials say a professor will use a grant to develop curriculum to bring computer science to urban elementary school classrooms. Officials say associate professor in the GSU college of education Caitlin McMunn Dooley has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Chevron puts $20M into educating, training Appalachian workers

Chevron is spending $20 million on the launch of a STEM-focused program dubbed the Appalachia Partnership Initiative. The program is designed to “improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.”

Krause Innovation Studio Hints at the Future of Education

The Krause Innovation Studio in the Chambers Building at Penn State might be the portal into the modern classroom that dedicated students and professors dream about. A technologically advanced learning center, this studio gives students the ability to utilize state-of-the-art technology to focus on group collaboration.

Controversy Over NSF Grants Continues

Lamar Smith's (R-TX) August 27 letter cites various court decisions that he states affirms that “Congress’s authority to obtain information, including but not limited to, confidential information is extremely broad.”  He later writes “There can be no dispute about the Committee’s authority to oversee the NSF. This controversy continues to cause significant conflict between Smith and the most senior Democrat on the committee, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).

U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

The federal government will temporarily stop funding any new studies that could make three high-risk infectious diseases even more dangerous. The government is asking all scientists involved in this research now to voluntarily halt their current studies. The unusual move comes after a long controversy over experiments with mutant forms of a bird flu virus.

These 7 ed tech solutions will split $20M from the Gates Foundation

Seven courseware developers are winning finalists for $20 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for online courseware that helps low-income students in 100- and 200-level college courses with large enrollments.

Geneseo to Award Scholarships to Future STEM Teachers Through $1.2 Million Grant

SUNY Geneseo’s largest-ever single grant -- a five-year, $1.2 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- will provide scholarship support and internships for students planning to teach physics or other STEM disciplines in underserved high schools after earning New York State teaching certification.

At Schools and Libraries Broadband Conference, Educators Lament Lack of Internet Funding

High-capacity internet and networked services are the future of education because they will provide instructors and students with the necessary connectivity and capacity for 21st century educational technologies, said the Indiana state director of Education Networks of America at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference here last week.


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