R&D

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House.

18 Jul 2014

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3 Nov 2011

The March 6 hearing “Keeping America Competitive Through  Investments in R&D” of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s  Subcommittee on Science and Space provided an opportunity for budget and program  discussions between senators and witnesses John Holdren, Director of the Office  of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of  Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of  Standards and Technology (NIST); Subra Suresh, Director of the National Science  Foundation (NSF); and Mason Peck, Chief Technologist of

2 Apr 2012

Chinese  President Hu Jintao is making a state visit to Washington this week, during  which there will be considerable discussion about the economic relationship between  China and the United States.  Last week,  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discussed a number of issues that will be  on the agenda, and also spoke about what the U.S. must do to be more  competitive.  Selections from Geithner’s January  12 address  follow:

19 Jan 2011

Rep.  Norm Dicks (D-WA), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee,  has outlined what he anticipates will be the impacts of dramatic reductions in  departmental and agency budgets that are scheduled to occur on January 2,  2013.  In a 15-page report   that was released  yesterday to his colleagues in the House, Dic

10 Oct 2012

Two  reports describing significant damage that automatic cuts in federal spending  would have on research and development have been released.  A new letter to President Obama and  congressional leaders urges agreement on a plan to avoid budget sequestration  and to achieve “significant long-term deficit reduction.”  Meanwhile, the Office of Management and  Budget has instructed federal departments and agencies to “continue normal  spending and operations” as uncertain efforts to prevent these cuts continue on  Capitol Hill. 

5 Oct 2012

The March 6 hearing “Keeping America Competitive Through  Investments in R&D” of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s  Subcommittee on Science and Space provided an opportunity for budget and program  discussions between senators and witnesses John Holdren, Director of the Office  of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of  Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of  Standards and Technology (NIST); Subra Suresh, Director of the National Science  Foundation (NSF); and Mason Peck, Chief Technologist of

2 Apr 2012

A June 12 joint hearing of the Oversight and Research and Technology Subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee gave Members an opportunity to examine the administrative workload associated with federally funded research.  They were interested in addressing and reviewing concerns raised in a recent National Science Board (NSB) report “Reducing Investigators’ Administrative Workload for Federally Funded Research.”  The hearing demonstrated bipartisan interest in balancing the need to collect information t

13 Jun 2014

As  previously mentioned, the National Science Board’s “Science and Engineering  Indicators 2012,”  is accompanied by a  large compendium of statistics. Below  are brief descriptions of several tables and figures from this compendium.

Federal  Support:

Statistics  examine federal expenditures for research from a wide variety of  perspectives.  In addition to funding  figures by field,  the appendix also provides data on academic funding.

7 Feb 2012

“This  information clearly shows we must re-examine long-held assumptions about the  global dominance of the American science and technology enterprise.” These comments by National Science Foundation  Director Subra Suresh came on the day that the National Science Board released  “Science and Engineering Indicators 2012,”a 575-page report measuring and characterizing R&D, education, workforce,  academic, public attitudes and state data.  

3 Feb 2012

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