Policy

The economy of research: Study shows impacts of US science funding felt far beyond the lab

By Jessica McMathis / April 19, 2014

A new study indicates that university research is more than fodder for headlines—rather, it’s a “key component of the US economic ecosystem.”

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DOE fuels US competitiveness in fuel cell market with $3-million investment

By Jessica McMathis / April 13, 2014

In an ongoing effort to give US businesses more cost-efficient and cleaner energy options, last week the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a cool $3 million to heat up the country’s competitiveness in the fuel cell market.

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As US research funding remains mostly flat, China bets big with new budget

By Jessica McMathis / March 31, 2014

China’s counting on science to propel its economy forward and is betting big with a new budget that will help get it done.

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Budget update: NSF presents 2015 request, unveils strategic plan

By Jessica McMathis / March 17, 2014

The National Science Foundation has formally presented a $7.3-billion budget request to Congress that “supports investments in fundamental research across all scientific disciplines, engineering and education that continue to enhance our national economy, security and quality of life.”

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Obama’s proposed 2015 budget includes increased spending for R&D, STEM education

By Jessica McMathis / March 7, 2014

President Obama has delivered to Congress a $3.9-trillion budget request for 2015 that includes $56 billion for his “Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative” and increased spending for research and development (R&D).

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Corning group thinks glass science research can drive economic growth. Solow economic theory explains how

By Eileen De Guire / January 17, 2014

Will there be enough glass scientists and engineers who understand the factors that determine glass properties and how to control them?

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Federal shutdown drags on, takes toll on research

By Jim Destefani / October 10, 2013

As the federal government shutdown drags through its second week, it is impacting federal research efforts and not much seems to have changed in terms of the entrenched political positions of the Obama administration, House Republicans, and Senate Democrats.

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Cheesy project teaches kids the scientific method, but do we need more scientists?

By Eileen De Guire / September 3, 2013

The Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Cheese Board applied the scientific method to determine optimum “process parameters” for making cheese on toast, a favorite snack of UK children and inspire school-age children to consider STEM careers. A deeper question, though, how urgent is the need for new STEM-trained graduates?

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2014 federal R&D budget: Glimmers of hope, but big battle looms

By Jim Destefani / August 20, 2013

It’s all blue skies above the US Capitol in this photo, but the federal budget picture for 2014 remains cloudy. (Credit: Raul654/Wikimedia Commons.)   Basic government funding is set to expire at the end of September, and (big surprise!) the House and Senate are tens of billions of dollars apart on funding levels in most budget…

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Webinars seek input on Materials Genome Initiative strategic plan

By Eileen De Guire / August 6, 2013

The Materials Genome Initiative. Credit: MGI, OSTP, White House. The Materials Genome Initiative continues to gain momentum, driven in part by workshops sponsored by federal agencies with a lot of “skin in the game”—especially the NSF, DOE, DOD, and NIST. I’ve been to a few NSF workshops, and they are effective, efficient ways to get…

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