Research & development

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.

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.

Will Your Research Ever Get the Tax Break That It Deserves?

Every time the R&D Credit comes up for renewal, a similar debate emerges. Proponents remind us that the tax break spurs innovation and supports high-paying jobs in science and technology. They call for a permanent R&D Credit, so that research-minded businesses can budget accordingly. Detractors point out that the last two-year extension cost $14 billion over ten years, and that making the credit permanent could cost $150 billion over ten years. They argue that nobody has figured out how to pay for a $150 billion loss in tax revenue.

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.

What the Two Most Innovation-Friendly States Have in Common

For years people have recognized that industries cluster geographically, and that the clustering can lead to superior firms. For example, the best watches come from Switzerland, cars from Germany, and pharmaceuticals from the U.S. Back in 1880, economist Alfred Marshall noted that industrial districts benefit from labor market pooling and spillovers.

A Government Program Every American Startup Should Know About

Each year SBIR and its sister program for non-profits, the STTR program, invest in American entrepreneurs to stimulate technological innovation and address national needs in areas such as health, education, and national defense. Providing over $2 billion in competitive awards each year, SBIR/STTR are the largest source of early-stage capital for innovative small companies in the United States.

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.

Breakdown of U.S. Defense and Non-Defense R&D - Charts

This week's resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel casts a shadow over his planned innovation initiative. But at least one of those mentioned as a possible successor, physicist and current Harvard professor Ashton Carter, has a keen interest in R&D. Herewith a picture of where Defense R&D stands -- both within the Pentagon and in comparison with other research agencies -- from a new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

The Gates Foundation pushes to make more academic research free and open to the public

Under the new policy, the researchers that the organization funds will only be able to publish papers that are immediately freely accessible to the public. That means that these scientists wouldn't necessarily be able to publish in top journals like Science that charge for access to its articles — unless these journals change their policies or open up those particular papers.

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.

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