Congrats Young Scientists, You Face The Worst Research Funding In 50 Years

In an appearance before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Dr. Francis Collins offered a familiar warning to lawmakers considering future appropriations for scientific research. Investments are falling relative to inflation, he said, forcing changes likely to snowball into the future.

NSF Awarded $6.8B for Research, STEM Education in FY14

The National Science Foundation (NSF) was appropriated $7.2 billion in FY14 (not including mandatory accounts) of which over $6.8 billion (nearly 95 percent of NSF’s total appropriations) was used to support research and education awards. Over 1,800 institutions of higher education and other organizations received funding from NSF including 11,000 competitively reviewed awards according to a report released by the NSF.

Universities fear the federal research funding pipeline is withering

University officials from around the country fear that a key engine of U.S. innovation and economic power is in danger of stalling: federal investment in basic research. The nation needs to spend more, they say, in pursuit of discoveries with unknown and long-term payoffs. Sometimes, they say, lawmakers focus too much on research with short-term goals. The time it takes for basic research to yield a payoff can be 10, 15, or 20 years. That translates to five or 10 congressional elections.

Obama's 2016 Budget Request For National Network For Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Reaches Beyond $600 Million

The Obama administration is seeking a substantial increase in funding for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which has suddenly become a very large government-wide manufacturing program. In adding up the budget requests for NNMI centers that have been or will be created in 2016, the total amount for NNMI comes to $608 million. The large-scale "Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation" will be funded by the Departments of Defense, Energy, Commerce and Agriculture.

President’s Budget Would Increase Funding for Renewable Technologies But Defund Fossil Energy Research

On February 11, 2015, the House Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) FY 2016 Budget request to examine DOE’s funding priorities, major changes, energy-related rulemakings, priority science and research, loans and grants, and management reforms. The President’s Budget (PB) proposed $29.9B for DOE for FY 2016, requesting an overall 9.2 percent increase, $2.52B above the FY 2015 enacted level.

CT, IL, NH, TX Budget Proposals Support STEM, Workforce, Research

Governors in Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Texas revealed their budget proposals, with commonalities around STEM education, workforce development, and university research initiatives. Governors in two states, New Hampshire and Texas, made growth in the innovation economy a specific priority area of their proposed budgets.

NSF director calls for more funding to spur US innovation

Scientists know more about the entire universe and galaxy than they do the brain, which is why the National Science Foundation (NSF) wants to sink $144 million into understanding the most complex organ in the human body.

$1 Billion Federal 'Enhancing Education Through Tech' Bill Introduced

The United States Senate will once again be forced to consider explicit funding of education technology. Taking up the mantle left by former lawmakers, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has introduced legislation that would reactivate the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Act, a move that has generated numerous statements of support among education organizations.

When scientific research can’t get federal funds, private money steps in

Philanthropy should not be seen as a replacement for federal dollars, observers say. All giving from foundations and individuals amounts to less than $4-billion a year, according to the Science Philanthropy Alliance, a group that works to increase private giving for research. That figure is a fraction of the $60-billion in science grants made by the Departments of Defense and Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation, a federal agency.

Science Communication Is Broken. Let's Fix It.

The solution lies in science communication. We live in an era where the public needs to know about science. Research is no longer funded by the private monies of rich aristocrats; grants for science come from the pockets of the layperson via charitable organizations and taxpayer money. Public opinion of science determines where this money goes through policy and funding.

Putting the science into crowdfunding

How do you boost the chances of crowdfunding success for science projects? As it turns out success may not be down solely to the vagaries of its viral nature or the "sexiness" of the project. According to researchers at the University of Santa Barbara, who studied crowdfunding of science projects, more workaday things like consistent communication and simple enthusiasm are more important factors.

NASA Budget Unveiled for Fiscal Year 2016

In a presentation at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden announced details of the Obama administration's fiscal year 2016 agency budget proposal recently submitted to Congress. Bolden emphasized that the recommended increase of about a half-billion dollars over last year's enacted budget would provide the necessary resources to continue advancing America's bipartisan space exploration plans.

Obama Budget Priorities Focus on Teacher Support, STEM, Free College

The White House has released President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal, a 150-page document that lays out his administration's priorities for the federal budget in the coming year. Even at $70.7 billion, education is dwarfed by the outlays for Social Security, Medicare and national defense. The amount for education reflects an increase of $3.6 billion over the 2015 enacted level, which makes it equivalent to the total the White House proposed last year, which ran $70.6 billion.

Investing in America’s Future through R&D, Innovation, and STEM Education: The President’s FY 2016 Budget

The Budget provides $67 billion for basic and applied research (the “R” in R&D), a $2 billion increase from 2015 enacted levels. The Budget increases total funding for three key basic research agencies (the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratories) by $0.7 billion over the 2015 level to $13.8 billion. The Budget provides $31.3 billion to support research at the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $1 billion over 2015 enacted. The Budget also supports increases for basic research at other Federal science agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A roundup of Obama's science spending request

The Obama administration on 2 February presented its budget request to Congress for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins in October. ScienceInsider tracked the numbers on rollout day and provided analysis.


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