Funding

Federal R&D Spending Rises in FY 2014, But Does Not Keep Pace With Economy

Though federal support for R&D increased in FY14, federal spending on research and R&D facilities is currently at its lowest point in a decade, according to new data from the National Science Foundation (NSF). After hitting an all-time high in FY09, U.S. federal funding for R&D slid downward for the four years.

Feds invest $28M more for STEM education

President Obama announced a new partnership Thursday with an array of organizations to invest $28 million to increase the number of math, science and technology teachers in classrooms across the country, at a White House ceremony where the president presented this year’s top national awards for science, technology and innovation.

CBO examines how fed policy, system changes can spur US innovation

The federal government can change a number of existing policies around research and development, education and tax to spur greater U.S. innovation, a new Congressional Budget Office report said. The report (pdf) released Nov. 17 also examined what changes can be made to immigration policy, the patent system and the regulatory environment.

FCC seeks higher phone fees to fund broadband Internet in schools

The proposal calls for raising the spending cap for the FCC’s E-rate program, meant to increase high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi access for education, especially in low-income communities, to $3.9 billion per year.

U.S. military readiness for war, competitive edge worsening: officials

The U.S. military's ability to stay ahead of technology advances by other countries and respond to multiple crises around the world is already in jeopardy and will get worse unless mandatory budget cuts are reversed, top U.S. officials warned on Saturday.

Want Funding? Then Be a National Priority

When determining how to allocate resources to all of the organizations that receive federal funding, one of the key factors that policymakers consider is each organization’s contributions to national priorities. Therefore, it is imperative that scientific and technical communities reliant on federal funding continue to advocate for their members’ activities by highlighting all of the ways they contribute to national priorities.

Researchers rattle the tin cup

"Every major research university is totally dependent on federal funding," says Rob Clark, the University of Rochester's senior vice president for research. "That's the key issue. We've had a decline in US commitment to research funding compared to surges everywhere around the world, particularly in Southeast Asia. We're really fighting at the core for our competitiveness and innovation."

New special report highlights NSF-funded broader impacts

Each year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) receives about 50,000 proposals for research funding in all fields of science and engineering from all corners of the country. NSF distinguishes among the proposals through a competitive review process built on two criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts--will the research advance knowledge and will it benefit society? Today, NSF released a special report to showcase broader impacts and examples of the diverse and far-reaching ways NSF-supported science touches our lives.

Is Crowdfunding a Good Option for Your Research?

Crowdfunding can be a viable option to obtain research funds, but it’s hard work and it’s not a cash machine. So if you’re thinking about crowdfunding one of your research projects, use this Q&A to help you decide whether it’s worth the effort.

Making the case for space science as a national priority

Understanding how national priorities have affected the resources available to federal organizations in the past demonstrates an often-unappreciated aspect of the budgetary challenges faced by the space science community, while also suggesting a possible strategy for addressing those challenges.

255 Schools Nationwide Named State Finalists in $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Samsung today announced the 255 state finalists in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. Five schools in each state, and the District of Columbia, will each receive two Galaxy Tab® 4s and the opportunity to move on in the competition and win additional prizes. The full list of state finalists is available at samsung.com/solve.

D.C. schools to expand STEM courses with $2 million Lockheed Martin grant

The Bethesda-based global security and aerospace company announced Friday that it has committed $6 million to Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit STEM curriculum provider, to train teachers and build programs in urban school districts, starting with D.C. Public Schools.

Pentagon raises specter of Chinese superiority to boost funding

Pentagon officials say without investment China could have greater influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The Pentagon has been beating its drum for increased government spending on research and development for several years so the US can maintain its military advantage over China in the Asia-Pacific region.

Research in the national interest - Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)

The original statute that created the National Science Foundation referred to grants being in the national interest.  Arguing against a national interest standard insults American citizens who have every right to expect that their hard-earned dollars will be used on projects that benefit our nation.

Good Science Is Not Enough: To Succeed In Academia, Grad Students Need To Work The System

"In many cases, brilliant scientists with potentially groundbreaking ideas fall short because they cannot communicate their ideas or the importance of their research to the appropriate audience," the authors write. In general, a researcher should be able to describe their work and goals in 1 to three 3 minutes – roughly the time it takes to ride an elevator.

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