Research & development

Senate panel approves $2 billion raise for NIH in 2016

At last, biomedical researchers may be getting some relief. A Senate panel today approved a bill that would bestow a generous $2 billion increase on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016, or what appears to be a 6% raise, to $32 billion. Although a House of Representatives panel last week approved a lower figure, it seems the agency may be on track to its first significant increase in more than a decade.

NIH Funding to Increase $1.1 B – But Popular Agency is Eliminated

The bill would mean $300 million more for Alzheimer’s research, and an additional $100 million for an initiative to combat antibiotic resistance. But it would also eliminate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, and its $465 million allocated for this year. And it would include specific provisions to defund “Obamacare,” according to a statement released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Chinese firms are spending billions to mine America's research labs for ideas

Surging investment by Chinese companies in U.S. research labs is yielding a fast-growing trove of patents, part of a push to mine America for ideas to help China shift from being the world's factory floor to a driver of innovation. Largely absent from American research hubs a decade ago, Chinese firms including Huawei Technologies  and ZTE Corp are now using U.S. researchers to create patents ranging from new software to internet infrastructure, according to an analysis of Thomson Reuters' global intellectual property database.

Is the US Still First in Technology?

Japan has the highest budget when it comes to research and development as opposed to the United States which dropped its own R&D budget below 12%. Japan however, keeps many of its advancements for local use.Despite that disturbing budget news, the US is still second to Japan in most lists when it comes to technological superiority.

House bill would give NIH $1.1 billion more in 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) would receive a $1.1 billion boost in 2016 under a draft measure released by a House of Representatives spending panel today. That 3.6% increase, to $31.2 billion, is $100 million more than the president’s request. But although good news for NIH, the bill would also abolish the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which supports studies of evidence-based medicine.

House Passes FY 2016 Funding Bill for NASA, NIST, NOAA and NSF

Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) thanked Culberson and his staff for working with the Science Committee staff, and “for prioritizing the funding of basic research” at NSF. “This research, especially in the areas of math and physical sciences, biology, computing and engineering, holds the promise of breakthroughs that will trigger technological innovation, jumpstart new industries and spur economic growth,” Smith said.  Appreciation was also expressed by Smith for the reprioritization of NASA’s Planetary Science program that reflected Smith’s authorization bill for the space agency.

The Changing Nature of U.S. Basic Research: Trends in Performance

Part three of a 3-part series: Part one, Part two - It has long been known that academic institutions are a key driver of research and development performance in the United States. While industry still funds and performs the majority of R&D in the U.S., universities and colleges (U&C) play a pivotal role in the advancement of basic human knowledge. Using the latest data update of the National Science Foundation’s National Patterns of R&D Resources series, this article, the third and final of SSTI’s series on basic research, describes how the performers of R&D and basic research in the U.S. have changed over time.

NASA Invests in Future of Aviation with Supersonic Research Projects

Quieter, greener supersonic travel is the focus of eight studies selected by NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project to receive more than $2.3 million in funding for research that may help overcome the remaining barriers to commercial supersonic flight. The research, which will be conducted by universities and industry, will address sonic booms and high-altitude emissions from supersonic jets.

The Value of Basic Research

People’s appreciation of game-changing new technologies frequently ignores the long, often twisting path that transforms an idea from fundamental discovery to practical application.  Those who pay for the national research agenda may not always be aware of the early and fundamental work that makes today’s technologies possible.

Number of women in research increasing

Overall, women make up 30 percent of research project principal investigators, and only 20 percent of National Institutes of Health research center and small business principal investigators. NIH has created programs with a mandate to develop strategies that promote advancement of women in research careers within the NIH communities. Key issues, as noted in studies, include childcare, parental leave and workplace flexibility programs such as telework and flextime.

NASA wants you to design the next big thing in aerospace technology

NASA wants to expand its study of the universe, particularly human exploration of Mars, and it wants your help. The Early Stage Innovations team at NASA is looking for proposals from American universities for technology that would benefit NASA's space program and the wider aerospace community.

New tech keeps your smart phone charged for 30 percent longer

Engineers  at The Ohio State University have created a circuit that makes cell phone batteries last up to 30 percent longer on a single charge. The trick: it converts some of the radio signals emanating from a phone into direct current (DC) power, which then charges the phone’s battery.

Government R&D, Private Profits and the American Taxpayer

Science is, of course, a public good. It produces better health, first rate universities and a robust economy supporting more jobs and tax revenues. The government’s investment in basic research can be justified by these social benefits. Private companies are unlikely to invest in such risky projects, which at best offer a long shot at financial rewards many years down the road.

Northrop CEO: Defense R&D Investment Lags

The US ranked sixth in the world in the 2014 Global Innovation Index, with China far behind at 29th, Bush said. But from 2009 to 2012, China's defense R&D spending as a percentage of its GDP rose by about 18 percent annually as China's overall economy grew by 9 percent annually. Over the same period, the US GDP grew by a modest 1 percent, but defense R&D spending shrank by about 7 percent each year.

The US is in danger of losing its technological edge

Looking back 50 years, you’ll find that R&D spending accounted for just about 12 percent of the total U.S. budget. Now, that has dropped to a bit more than three percent. To put that into perspective, a recent Bloomberg study pinpointed the most innovative countries in the world.

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