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.

51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Samsung today announced the 51 state winners 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. One school in each state, and the District of Columbia, will each receive $20,000* in technology – including a Samsung GALAXY Camera™ 2, ATIV Book 9 laptop and Adobe Elements software – to complete the next phase of the competition.

New Raytheon grants help teachers raise the next generation of engineers

Raytheon Company is awarding 36 Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) Scholarships to teachers in disadvantaged, rural or inner city schools across the country. Each teacher will receive $2,500 towards implementing the innovative EiE curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston.

2015 spending bill includes $18 billion for NASA

That's $364 million more than the space agency got for the current fiscal year -- which ends on Sept. 30 -- and some $500 million more than it requested. Most of that increase is due to lawmakers increasing funding for the Space Launch System and Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle designed to eventually take astronauts to Mars, a key congressional priority.

FCC Passes $1.5 Billion E-Rate Funding Boost

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a $1.5 billion funding increase for its E-Rate program, which helps disadvantaged schools gain access to technologies and high-speed Internet.

Should the NIH Award Funding Like DARPA?

Most money for science in the US comes from grants. These grants have been getting tougher to get for a number of reasons. Still, for scientists who do get this funding, life is good. The money is almost unconditional. The funding agency does little to track the progress of research and the direction of research can be changed quickly to pursue the most promising topics. However, there is another funding model gaining sway: managed research funding.

New U.S. spending deal a mixed bag for science

NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) appear to be among the winners—relatively speaking—in a spending deal reached Tuesday night by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with both agencies receiving modest funding boosts. But research budgets at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Energy would remain flat.

Federal Continuing Resolution Would Keep Regional Innovation, R&D Funding Stable

Earlier this week, congressional appropriators reached a tentative agreement on spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year just a few days before the Thursday deadline. The continuing resolution omnibus, “cromnibus,” spending package would, if approved by the House, Senate and president, avert a government shutdown and again defer budget negotiations until next September. Under the agreement, most agency budgets would remain at similar levels to those enacted for FY14.

Girlstart is inspiring underprivileged girls into STEM with the help of FlowPlay

From now until Jan. 5, players of FlowPlay’s online social games, Vegas World and OurWorld, can buy in-game items that will directly fund Girlstart, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit on a mission to empower girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s hoping the extra funding will help more girls see a career in STEM, very much a male-dominated area, as something they can actively pursue.

GM Foundation Contributes $2.875 Million to Higher Education

The General Motors Foundation today announced grants totaling $2.875 million to support 29 leading universities and organizations across the country in 2014 through its University/Organization Partner Program.

AAUW and Lockheed Martin to Expand National STEM Program for Girls

Lockheed Martin has awarded AAUW a $90,400 grant to support the organization’s successful Tech Trek program, which is designed to boost girls’ interest, excitement, and self-confidence in STEM. The grant will help more than 1,600 rising eighth-grade girls attend 21 Tech Trek camps next summer at college campuses throughout the nation.

Congress moves to protect Pentagon’s basic research spending at universities

Lawmakers reversed proposed cuts to Pentagon programs that fund basic research at universities, however, bumping up those programs by 6% or more. The reversal comes as a relief to many in academia, which has become increasingly reliant on Pentagon research funding. About one-half of the Pentagon’s basic research spending, or $1 billion annually, is distributed to university researchers.

Scientists turn to crowdfunding sites for research money

Federal spending on scientific research hasn’t kept up with inflation in recent years, and it’s made it harder for researchers to fund their work. Some of them are turning to another source: crowdfunding. But this funding source raises new questions for scientists.

The enigma of presidential “space” politics

We all want presidential leadership, but we can’t wait for a “magical presidential moment” that may never come again. In reality, the success of Kennedy’s speech was almost completely dependent on a particular moment in time and political (and other) circumstances that occurred in the 1960s.


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