Research & development

Business R&D Performance in the United States Tops $300 Billion in 2012

Companies spent $302 billion on research and development performed in the United States during 2012, 2.8% more than the $294 billion spent during 2011. Funding from the companies’ own sources was $239 billion during 2011 and $247 billion during 2012, a 3.6% increase; funding from other sources was $55 billion in both years.

Separating Fact from Fiction in the TPP

IP plays a critical role in establishing ecosystems of innovation that propel economic growth and competitiveness in developed and developing economies. Laws that protect IP lead to not only increased foreign direct investment (especially critical for developing nations), but also to continued innovation.

Researchers need consistent, long-term funding

For science to truly make inroads, it needs to make long-term plans. Consistent funding is absolutely vital, yet federal budget realities severely undercut the NIH's ability to take advantage of investments in basic research that lead to the important discoveries that support lifesaving medical innovations. In 2013, the NIH awarded 640 fewer competitive research grants, and the amount awarded for existing grants was reduced by 4.7 percent - the bitter reality of federal sequestration.

Elizabeth Warren Teams Up With Orrin Hatch To Push Huge Science Research Fund

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have been quietly working for the past year on the Invest for a Healthy Future Act, a bill that may end up increasing money for government agencies that fund research by more than $21.5 billion over the next dozen years.

NSF Merit Review Process: FY 2013 Digest

Earlier this month the National Science Foundation released a sixteen-page compilation of statistics about its merit review process that will be of great interest to researchers. “The National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Process: Fiscal Year 2013 Digest” summarizes an 84-page report mandated by the National Science Board.  The digest consists of 32 charts and graphs

Education, Technology and Analytics Prove a Strong Combination for a Bright Future - A Message That Resonates with College and University Students

In a recent statement by IBM, the company confirmed they spent more than $24 billion in R&D and acquisitions to build their capabilities in big data and analytics, and have cultivated partnerships with more than 1,000 institutions of higher education to drive curricula focused on data intensive careers.

Energy Department Announces $53 Million to Drive Innovation, Cut Cost of Solar Power

Building on President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than $53 million for 40 innovative research and development (R&D) projects that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy, tackling key aspects of technology development in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly.

Controversy Over NSF Grants Continues

Lamar Smith's (R-TX) August 27 letter cites various court decisions that he states affirms that “Congress’s authority to obtain information, including but not limited to, confidential information is extremely broad.”  He later writes “There can be no dispute about the Committee’s authority to oversee the NSF. This controversy continues to cause significant conflict between Smith and the most senior Democrat on the committee, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).

U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

The federal government will temporarily stop funding any new studies that could make three high-risk infectious diseases even more dangerous. The government is asking all scientists involved in this research now to voluntarily halt their current studies. The unusual move comes after a long controversy over experiments with mutant forms of a bird flu virus.

NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year’s airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice sheet that recently was found to be in irreversible decline.

NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun’s Atmosphere

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles that power solar flares.

NIH Awards $32-Million to Tackle Big Data in Medicine

The National Institutes of Health has awarded almost $32-million in grants to more than two dozen institutions to devise innovative ways of helping researchers handle huge sets of data seen as increasingly central to future medical discoveries.

New wave of brain research aims to understanding every function

Most of the projects are in developing new technologies to help map the brain and study its mechanics — how cells communicate, what makes them turn on and off, and how large regions of the brain interact, for example. Ultimately, scientists hope these tools will help the next generation of neuroscientists solve the brain-centric disorders — from autism and Alzheimer’s to depression and schizophrenia — that have confounded doctors for centuries.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenge Partners Commit to Innovation with New Investments in Breakthrough Science

At an event in Seattle commemorating the tenth anniversary of Grand Challenges, a group of international partners today announced three new initiatives aimed at creating breakthroughs in science.

As NIH funding drops, faculty head to Capitol Hill

NIH funding has steadily decreased over the past several years, with especially steep cuts stemming from the 2013 sequester. As researchers find themselves feeling the funding cuts more deeply, some are turning directly to Congress—including four Duke professors who met with lawmakers two weeks ago as part of the Annual Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, which brought representatives of the medical community to Washington, D.C.


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