Funding

ARPA-E awards $15.5M to leverage $108M for five clean tech innovators; says rare-earth innovations awards coming

By / August 31, 2011

Transphorm, one of the companies that will be receiving ARPA-E and private investment funding, uses gallium nitride transistors to tackle the current level of power conversion losses (10%). Credit: Energy Information Administration. ARPA-E announced a new round of seed awards, $1.5–$6 million each, which the agency says will unlock a total investment of $100 million…

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Strategies for funding university scientific research: economizing, collaborating and specializing

By Eileen De Guire / August 30, 2011

The new Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratory will be housed in the University of Akron’s new engineering research building. Credit: University of Akron. Back in July, the top story in national news was the budget and the debate over the debt ceiling. In the 11th hour Congress and the president came to an agreement that raised…

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Army looking for white papers related to ‘indestructible’ materials

By / August 23, 2011

The Army Research Office’s Synthesis and Processing program is seeking white papers on the topic of the creation of superior structural materials through creative combinations of 1) microstructure engineering in extreme yet precise conditions to obtain novel and far-from-equilibrium microstructures; 2) advanced microscopy, probes and other characterization tools; and 3) integrated computational materials engineering. Although somewhat with…

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DOE funds four projects to analyze fuel cell, hydrogen cost variables

By / August 18, 2011

Fuel cell powered bus in London. Credit: Tom Page, Creative Commons. Fuel cell supporters have generally been disappointed that the DOE hasn’t done more for the technology or hydrogen-based technologies, but the agency hasn’t totally lost interest. A few days ago, DOE announced grants of nearly $7 million (over five years) for four cost analyses…

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NSF to leverage Materials Genome to reduce lab-to-product timeline; announces AIR awards

By Eileen De Guire / August 1, 2011

NSF programs supporting translational research represented along the linear innovation continuum, prior to the introduction of the AIR and new I-Corps programs (circa August 2010). Credit: NSF. Serving as midwife for the research to commercial transition is a familiar role for the National Science Foundation. In an earlier post, I discussed NSF’s new I-Corps initiation,…

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“Science to Start-ups”—Innovation Corps launched by NSF

By Eileen De Guire / August 1, 2011

The National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va. Credit: NSF. Our nation’s capitol was an interesting place to be last week, but not because of the impossible-to-escape budget politics that dominated the newscasts. Last week I was in DC attending the NSF-ACerS workshop for principal investigators, and at every level of the NSF the message is “innovation.”…

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NIST opens comment phase on advanced manufacturing consortium

By Eileen De Guire / July 27, 2011

Government agencies are starting to drive the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership announced in June by President Obama (see our earlier post about his announcement at Carnegie Mellon). NIST is seeking comments from the public on the best way to structure its proposed Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortium. From NIST: Contact: Barbara Lambis 301-975-4447 A notice published today…

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NASA: Is it worth every half-penny?

By Eileen De Guire / July 22, 2011

The final Space Shuttle mission was completed on Thursday with the landing of  Atlantis in Florida. In this video, astrophysicist and science evangelist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, laments the end of the Shuttle program and rifs on the value of NASA to the nation. What do you think? Hat tip: The Scholarly Kitchen

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NASA awards management contract for ISS National Lab

By Eileen De Guire / July 15, 2011

United States ISS lab module Destiny during manufacture in fall 1997. Credit: NASA NASA has chosen the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space Inc., a new Florida-based nonprofit, tax-exempt research management organization, to develop and manage the US portion of the International Space Station that is designated a US national lab, including the…

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United States launching materials ‘genome’ project

By Eileen De Guire / June 30, 2011

I Steel rebar embedded in concrete (left) and “nanorebar” made of carbon nanofibers. Credit: F. Sanchez, Vanderbilt University; ACerS Bulletin. President Obama announced the launch of a Materials Genome Initiative during his speech at Carnegie Mellon University last week when he also announced the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. (Read our report on the…

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