Energy offers $55M for efficient vehicle technology

The Energy Department is offering more than $55 million to companies, universities and laboratories to develop and deploy fuel efficiency vehicle technology. The grants are meant to increase the efficiency of the country’s vehicle fleet, reducing petroleum use and help attain the Obama administration’s goal of making electric vehicles’ pricing on par with traditional vehicles by 2022.

NASA Funding for Your Basic Cell Research Could Be Orbiting Overhead

NASA’s Space Biology program solicits research proposals at least once a year. In the most recent cycle in 2014, 26 proposals were selected by peer-review with a total value of $12,612,260, with a remarkable 28% payline. The next call for proposals will likely be in late spring or early fall of 2015.

Texas A&M Spending Big To Recruit Top Researchers

John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, today announced the expansion of the Chancellor’s Research Initiative across all System schools. Since 2013 the Chancellor’s Research Initiative (CRI), has provided one-time funds to Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University for the recruitment and hiring of faculty members who will have a transformational impact upon the academic and research missions of the schools.

US has been cutting medical research funding since 2004

The US’s investment in medical research between 2004 and 2012 declined significantly. The same can’t be said for the rest of the world, as global investment in biomedical research actually increased during that same period, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

World's Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding Approval

The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key "Critical Decision 2" approval from the DOE.

Fareed Zakaria speaks out for science

When the physicist and statesman of science Neal Lane advocates federal investment in scientific research, the journalist and commentator Fareed Zakaria pays attention. But then, Zakaria has a long record of vocal, sometimes almost impassioned, support for federal science funding.

U.S. Sources Funded More Than 80% of Worldwide Industrial R&D in 2011

U.S. companies performed over $294 billion in research and development (R&D) in 2011, according to the Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) – a business survey conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation. Companies funded an overwhelming majority of the industrial R&D conducted in the U.S. (81.2 percent, approximately $238.8 billion).

Decline in grants for young researchers puts future of science at risk, Johns Hopkins president writes

America's youngest scientists, increasingly losing research dollars, are leaving the academic biomedical workforce, a brain drain that poses grave risks for the future of science, according to an article published this week by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels.

Space policy guru John Logsdon has good news and bad news on NASA funding

The good news is that funding for the space agency is not likely to be slashed below its current $18 billion a year. The bad news is that it is not likely to go up much beyond that. If Logsdon is correct, static NASA funding will mean that beyond low Earth orbit human space exploration will remain an unrealistic aspiration.

Why the SBIR Program Is Worth Funding

The SBIR program overcomes the failure of private markets to fund innovation when the benefit to society exceeds the benefits to the private firms undertaking it.   By overcoming this market failure, the SBIR program makes all of us better off, facilitating the allocation of resources to the development of new materials, medical technologies, software, and the like.

Brainstormers: Obama’s big research push kicks off with a meeting of the minds

Eighteen months after President Obama launched an ambitious brain-research initiative, likened by some to the moonshot of the 1960s, federal officials are trying to create a new model for neuroscience research, one that emphasizes innovation and cooperation across specialties and institutions. To do that, they threw a two-day “kickoff” for scientists fortunate enough to have received the first funding slices of what probably will be a multibillion-dollar federal pie.

Here’s who got the biggest Gates Foundation education grants for 2014

(The Washington Post) - Along with the Common Core, the big winners in terms of issue were charter schools — especially in Washington state (where Gates helps finance a campaign to win voter approval of charters) — and online and technology-based learning initiatives.

A Look at R&D Funding in the FY 2015 Omnibus

(AAAS) - On the science and technology front, several agencies and programs would see real funding increases above FY 2014 levels. Many of these increases are higher than the rate of inflation. Other increases, like those for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), are below inflation but above the rest of the discretionary budget.

NSF Awards $17.9 Million to Fund Broad-Impact Science

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for The Ohio State University’s Center for Emergent Materials (CEM): an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The six-year, $17.9 million grant funds Ohio State’s long-term studies of forward-looking new materials.

US budget deal gives small increases to research

Overall, the bill would increase spending on research and development by 1.7% above the 2014 level — in lockstep with the rate of inflation. But the share of money going to basic research would decline by 0.3% in real dollars, according to Matt Hourihan, director of the research and development budget and policy programme at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC.


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