Research & development

Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist. Academic institutions graduate an overabundance of biomedical Ph.D.s — and this imbalance is only getting worse, as research funding from the National Institutes of Health continues to wither.

Millions for 'pointless' research

Given this unequivocal determination, why are American taxpayers underwriting efforts to actively undermine matters that have been settled by FDA itself? Why is one executive branch agency spending millions of dollars to attack the findings of another agency?

When Scientists Give Up

There are no national statistics about how many people are giving up on academic science, but an NPR analysis of NIH data found that 3,400 scientists lost their sustaining grants between 2012 and 2013. Some will eventually get new funding, others will retire; but others, like Glomski and Patterson, will just give up.

U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

"The only people who can survive in this environment are people who are absolutely passionate about what they're doing and have the self-confidence and competitiveness to just go back again and again and just persistently apply for funding,...

A push to sell research

The University of Minnesota is taking its “Driven to Discover” mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs into businesses.

3 Cutting Edge Topics Google Just Started Funding

While Google has a huge internal R&D department, the tech giant has deep roots in academia, and has been running a grantmaking program for university faculty since 2005. The latest round announced 110 recipients, about 15 percent of the proposals they received, with each award up to $150,000.

Energy Department Awards $4.5 Million for Innovative Wind Power R&D Projects

The research and development (R&D) projects, located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas, contribute to the Energy Department’s effort to advance innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions and support the President’s goal to double renewable energy again by 2020.

Hill Returns, Focus Turns To FY2015 Stop-Gap

The House will vote either this week or next on a jobs package with four tax extender bills including a permanent extension of the R&D tax credit and a permanent extension of bonus depreciation legislation.

Universities pave the way for drone testing

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration announced six test sites aimed to conduct research vital to integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace, according to a FAA press release. Of the six, three were universities – the University of Alaska, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Virginia Tech.

Federal funding for basic research at universities and colleges essentially unchanged in FY 2012

According to a new report from the National Science Foundation (NSF), federal funding for basic research performed at universities and colleges decreased 0.3 percent between fiscal years (FYs) 2011 and 2012.

National Science Foundation Funds Big Idea in Small Engineering

An idea for a new way to test some of the smallest pieces of our planet has earned a large award—more than $2.2 million to be exact—from the National Science Foundation for a pair of UT professors in the College of Engineering.

Google starts quantum computing research project

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is a collaboration between Google, NASA Ames Research Center and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to study the application of quantum optimization related to artificial intelligence. (

Continued Underfunding of Federal Research Agencies Could Devastate Science Research, Jeopardize Economic Growth

Perpetual underfunding of the National Science Foundation, or NSF; the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST; and the Department of Energy Office of Science, or DOE Science, could cost the United States nearly 14,000 NSF research grants, 75 new NIST research institutes at American universities, and 24,000 person-years of DOE Science researchers.

Global wind innovation rate slows

Totaro & Associates said the global rate of patent filings dipped to 7% in 2012 following an average compound annual growth rate of 47% from 2007 to 2011. A slight decline for 2013 is expected as the recent market downturn has put a damper on research and development spending and expenditure on intellectual property protection, researchers add.

Finding the 'Holy Grail' of Making Smarter Robots

Robots will be able to ask questions, read manuals, watch videos, or even interact with a human if necessary, paving the way to the Holy Grail of computing -- robots that can learn on their own. Sound like science fiction? It's not. Researchers at Cornell, Brown and Stanford universities and the University of California, Berkeley, are heading up the project, and they will soon be joined by six other research universities.


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