NASA Invests in Hundreds of U.S. Small Businesses to Enable Future Missions

NASA has selected research and technology proposals from 254 small businesses and 39 research institutions in the United States for grants to develop new technologies that will further NASA's journey to Mars. The proposals are solicited, vetted and managed through NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Proposals that lead to the successful development of ideas and products could result in contracts with a combined approximate value of $47.7 million.

Authorization Bill a Prelude to US Spending Showdown

The House Armed Services Committee handed the Pentagon and US defense sector a victory by surgically protecting weapon programs and authorizing extra war funding — but a showdown with the White House looms. The committee, in the early hours of April 30, voted to add billions to a list of weapon programs, and signed off on a $495.9 billion base Pentagon budget and an $89.2 billion overseas contingency operations (OCO) account.

APLU Statement on NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017

“Instead of reaching for the stars, the initial draft of the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 falls short of providing the support for the next generation of Earth and space exploration that will allow us to better understand and protect our planet and answer a vast array of fundamental questions regarding the universe. While we appreciate the Committee’s efforts to include aspirational funding levels if a deal is reached to avert the sequestration-level caps scheduled to take effect in FY2016, these levels are still below where we need to be.

New version of cures bill recommends $10 billion boost for NIH

The so-called 21st Century Cures Act contains huge news for supporters of biomedical research: It recommends substantial budget increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including $10 billion in extra funding over 5 years. Other provisions aimed at speeding the drug approval process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are mostly unchanged from an earlier version, but some incentives for drug developers have been removed. Although the call for increased NIH funding is aspirational—the bill can only recommend funding levels, not require congressional appropriators to provide the cash—it is still “some of the best news for NIH funding since 2003,” says Patrick White, president of Act for NIH...

Education tech funding soars -- but is it working in the classroom?

From iPads in kindergarten to virtual classrooms in high schools to online graduate degrees, technology has captured the American education system. As it does, the money keeps flowing in — and so do questions about its impact. In 2014, venture funding for education technology reached $1.87 billion dollars. It’s expected to hit $2 billion this year.

NASA Awards Grants for Research, Technology Development

NASA has awarded 26 grants totaling $9.9 million to help bolster the capacity and competitiveness of 28 states and territories (jurisdictions) in the area of technology research and development. Through its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, NASA awards Research Infrastructure Development (RID) grants every three to five years to jurisdictions that have not, in the past, participated equitably in aerospace and aerospace-related research activities.

Crowdfunded Science Is Here. But Is It Legit Science?

In the US, most scientific funding comes from the government, distributed in grants awarded by an assortment of federal science, health, and defense agencies. So it’s a bit disconcerting that some scientists find it necessary to fund their research the same way dudebros raise money for a potato salad. Does that migration suggest the current grant system is broken? If it is, how can we ensure that funding goes to legitimate science working toward meaningful discoveries?

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Pledges $1.2 Million to the SAE Foundation to Support STEM Education

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) has awarded $1.2 Million to the SAE Foundation in support of its efforts to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program and ensure the technical competency of the future talent pool.

Internet, a new frontier for research funding

In order to secure funds for his research, Esteban has looked to crowdfunding, a strategy that uses an Internet platform to raise large sums of money through small individual donations from hundreds or thousands of users. As of the night of publication, the project has raised $770 on its way to the $4500 goal, with 32 days remaining. If he and his research team don’t make that benchmark, they won’t get any funding.

Grad students lobby for research funding in Washington

A delegation of 23 graduate students visited members of Congress in March to lobby for increased federal funding for scientific research. Their visit to Washington marked MIT’s ninth year participating in the annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day.

Mikulski Vows To Increase NASA’s 2016 Budget

Calling the Obama administration’s 2016 budget request for NASA “too skimpy,” the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee said April 27 she would seek to provide additional funding to the agency. Speaking at a Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon here, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said she would seek to add an as-yet undetermined amount of money to NASA’s 2016 budget request of $18.5 billion.

New MIT report details benefits of investment in basic research

Today MIT released a report in which faculty and other researchers detail specific impacts, within their fields, of this declining federal investment in basic research. The report — “The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit” — was prepared by a committee of MIT researchers and research administrators. Examining how funding cutbacks will affect the future of scientific studies in the U.S., the report highlights opportunities in basic research that could help shape and maintain U.S. economic power, and benefit society.

FFRDC Research and Development Survey

The FFRDC Research and Development Survey is the primary source of information on separately budgeted R&D expenditures at federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) in the United States. This survey collects information on R&D expenditures by source of funds and types of research and expenses. The survey is an annual census of the full population of eligible FFRDCs.

Majority of Federally Funded R&D Centers Report Declines in R&D Spending in FY 2013

The nation's 40 federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs) spent $16.9 billion on research and development in FY 2013, according to data from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The majority of the FFRDCs (24 centers) reported declines from FY 2012, and 17 reported two straight years of declines between FY 2011 and FY 2013.

University of Akron professor develops super-strong, reusable adhesive that could be used in automobile and aerospace industries

A University of Akron professor has developed a super-strong, reusable adhesive that works on numerous surfaces. A company he co-founded has been awarded a $736,000 National Science Foundation grant to prepare the adhesive, spun from polymer fibers, for commercial use. The product, developed by Josh Wong, a professor of mechanical engineering, was inspired by the ability of geckos, spiders, insects and other creatures to stick to walls and hang upside down from surfaces.


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