America's Top Young Scientists Warn Of Systemic Brain Drain: Colleagues 'Sort Of Disappear'

With more competition and fewer opportunities, the science and medical communities have watched a promising generation of young researchers leave their ranks -- disenchanted or lured to better opportunities elsewhere.

Who's Getting the Big Bucks for Data Science? And Why?

Data science is scorching hot right now, in headlines, board rooms, university plans, and yes, philanthropy. At least five schools have scored multi-million-dollar grants for data science initiatives just in the past year. Here’s where the funding is going.

US, EU Drop In Science Research And Innovation

America’s leading position in global science and innovation is slipping, according to a recent Thomson Reuters report on the performance of the G-20 world economies. If the trend continues, it may augur trouble for the nation's economic growth.

Proposed STEM designation would offer new funding options

A bill that would create a new equivalence designation for community or chartered nonpublic schools that meet STEM requirements would open an avenue for additional funding.

Grad students lobby Congress for NIH funding

The Science Policy Group, an organization of Penn graduate students from a variety of fields, organized a trip to Capitol Hill on March 26 to lobby for the passage of a bill that would increase NIH funds from $30 billion to $32 billion for fiscal year 2015.

A New Way for Schools to Pay for Technology

The federal program that funds technology in schools spends about $600 million on outdated tools like pagers. The FCC wants to reform it, but how that happens is subject to political debate.

Obama announces education innovation grants

President Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the "in-demand jobs of the future."

Revived national science interest could mean starry future

Nearly 35 years after Carl Sagan’s TV show “Cosmos” introduced a generation to the understandings of astronomy and the origins of life, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson suited up boldly to revive the show.

The House Budget Resolution and R&D Funding

Echoing past years, the proposed FY 2015 House budget resolution emphasizes defense spending, and would likely result in steep cuts to nondefense research.

New data show short-term value of scientific research

Using new data available to examine the short-term economic activity generated by science funding, researchers have for the first time been able to illuminate the breadth of the scientific workforce and the national impact of the research supply chain that is funded by federal grants.

Dow’s “STEMtheGAP™ Challenge” to Mobilize K-12 Teachers to Strengthen STEM Education

Launched at the National Science Teacher Association Conference (NSTA) conference in Boston, and open to all K-12 teachers across the country, the Challenge will reward the best 100 ideas with a $1,000 grant as judged by a panel of business leaders and educators from The Center for Science Teaching and Learning of Rockville Centre, NY.

New Understanding the Brain website features funding opportunities, research areas

On the first anniversary of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative announcement, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new portal at dedicated to the agency's brain research-related funding opportunities and news.

China could outpace U.S. science funding by 2022, NSF says

Federal investment into science faces the prospect of being outspent by China within a decade, warns National Science Foundation Acting Director Cora Marrett.

Projected Federal Budget Outlays

. . . as a percentage of gross domestic product. Discretionary spending includes most R&D. The Congressional Budget Office projects, based on current law, that mandatory spending will rise in coming years and represent an ever-larger proportion of the federal budget and the economy. By 2024, mandatory spending will reach $13.7 trillion, or 13.9 percent of GDP.



Are We Entering a Golden Era of Private Science Funding?

The public does not often realize that for most of its history, science was in fact privately funded. During the early scientific revolution in Europe, important research often came from what we can call self-philanthropy, exemplified by rich men like Henry Cavendish and Antoine Lavoisier who essentially did science as a hobby and made discoveries that are now part of the textbooks.


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