Research & development

Brain Scan

The National Institutes of Health is funding "planning activities and the initial stages of development of entierly new or next generation brain imaging technologies and methods that will lead to transformative advances in our understanding of the human brain."

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.

Lockheed Martin Opens Surface Navy Innovation Center

Lockheed Martin has opened the Surface Navy Innovation Center (SNIC) to support the development of new technologies for the U.S. Navy. The SNIC is a research, development and demonstration facility that brings together industry, government and academia to design the next generation of capabilities the surface fleet needs to combat evolving threats around the world.

Clemson developing materials that 'heal' themselves

If you cut yourself shaving, it's no big problem because you know it will heal. But what if you scratch the screen on your cell phone, or scrape your car up against something and put a long scratch on the fender? In the future, that will be no problem either, once the technological breakthroughs made at a Clemson University lab find their way onto the market.

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.

Remarkable new prototype battery developed by researchers from the University of Maryland

In a breakthrough in the design of batteries, a research funded by the US Department of Energy has produced a remarkable new prototype battery that just needs 12 minutes to get fully recharged compared to the hours the conventional cells take up to get replenished.

Another Pentagon official calls for innovation

Robert Work, the Pentagon’s deputy secretary of defense, joined the chorus of defense officials pushing for technological innovation in remarks delivered at a think tank event last week. In a keynote speech given at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s annual Global Security Forum, Work said the Pentagon is getting ready to detail a new effort to drive innovation in defense.

Former House Members Say R&D Credit, Device Tax Likely to Be Addressed in 2015

Congress probably won't take up the research and development tax credit or the medical device tax in the lame duck session, but is likely to address both taxes in the next session as part of a larger discussion on corporate tax reform, former lawmakers said Nov. 6 during a post-election briefing.

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."

Big Companies Say Their Innovation Spending Will Change Significantly Over Next Decade, According to Findings of Strategy&'s 2014 Global Innovation 1000 Study

Large multi-national companies report that they expect the focus of their innovation efforts and investments to change significantly over the next decade -- moving toward a far greater emphasis on riskier initiatives and breakthrough innovations, according to the newly released, tenth annual 2014 Global Innovation 1000 Study from Strategy&, part of the PwC network. The study includes a survey of over 500 innovation leaders at nearly 500 companies.

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.

China set to overtake U.S., Europe, Japan in research spending

"China is now a major driver of global R&D," according to the OECD report "Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014." "The United States has long been, and still is, at the forefront of cutting-edge science, technology and innovation," the OECD report noted, adding: "The U.S. lead is narrowing in spite of its world-class universities and global technology comapnies."

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.

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.

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