Lack of Research Funding Is Hurting the American Dream, Leaders Say

It's not because of unemployment, a lack of social mobility or the inability of some to buy a home and start a family. Rather, challenges to the traditional promise of opportunity born from hard work and determination stem from a troubling lack of investment in basic scientific research that supports the health and economic prosperity of the country, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Oculus VR CEO gives $31M to University of Maryland

The CEO and co-founder of Oculus VR is giving the University of Maryland $31 million - the largest gift in university history - to construct a computer science building.

Millions for 'pointless' research

Given this unequivocal determination, why are American taxpayers underwriting efforts to actively undermine matters that have been settled by FDA itself? Why is one executive branch agency spending millions of dollars to attack the findings of another agency?

When Scientists Give Up

There are no national statistics about how many people are giving up on academic science, but an NPR analysis of NIH data found that 3,400 scientists lost their sustaining grants between 2012 and 2013. Some will eventually get new funding, others will retire; but others, like Glomski and Patterson, will just give up.

U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

"The only people who can survive in this environment are people who are absolutely passionate about what they're doing and have the self-confidence and competitiveness to just go back again and again and just persistently apply for funding,...

3 Cutting Edge Topics Google Just Started Funding

While Google has a huge internal R&D department, the tech giant has deep roots in academia, and has been running a grantmaking program for university faculty since 2005. The latest round announced 110 recipients, about 15 percent of the proposals they received, with each award up to $150,000.

Energy Department Awards $4.5 Million for Innovative Wind Power R&D Projects

The research and development (R&D) projects, located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas, contribute to the Energy Department’s effort to advance innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions and support the President’s goal to double renewable energy again by 2020.

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces $15 Million Grant Competition to Spur Regional Innovation

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the launch of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) $15 million 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation.

Federal funding for basic research at universities and colleges essentially unchanged in FY 2012

According to a new report from the National Science Foundation (NSF), federal funding for basic research performed at universities and colleges decreased 0.3 percent between fiscal years (FYs) 2011 and 2012.

NASA extends seven planetary missions

However, the review panel was critical of the Mars rover Curiosity—the newest and the second most expensive of the seven missions—and gave it the worst grade of the bunch. The panel was disappointed that the rover team was planning to drill and analyze just eight more samples during its extended mission. “The panel essentially said, ‘Drive less and do more science,’ ” says Bill Knopf, the lead program executive for planetary mission operations at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

National Science Foundation Funds Big Idea in Small Engineering

An idea for a new way to test some of the smallest pieces of our planet has earned a large award—more than $2.2 million to be exact—from the National Science Foundation for a pair of UT professors in the College of Engineering.

Continued Underfunding of Federal Research Agencies Could Devastate Science Research, Jeopardize Economic Growth

Perpetual underfunding of the National Science Foundation, or NSF; the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST; and the Department of Energy Office of Science, or DOE Science, could cost the United States nearly 14,000 NSF research grants, 75 new NIST research institutes at American universities, and 24,000 person-years of DOE Science researchers.

Closing the Science Gap: Why We Need to Reinvest in Basic Research

Estimates show that more than half of the United States’ postwar economic growth has come from advances in science and technology. Public investment in R&D, especially basic research -- which focuses on advancing scientific knowledge “without specific applications in mind” -- provides crucial long-term economic benefits.

The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Planetary Exploration Funding

Having looked at NASA’s place in the federal budget, I want to focus now on the role of space science generally and planetary science specifically at NASA. How does space science fit into NASA’s goals, and how has that changed since the agency’s formation? What are the effects of placing a high priority on planetary exploration (or not, as the case may be)?

Motorola Solutions Foundation Grants to Support 1 Million Students and Teachers in Science and Engineering Education

The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), announced that its 2014 “Innovation Generation Grants” will support over 90 organizations in the United States and Canada. These programs ignite student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as STEM-related careers for teachers and students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities.


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