Competitiveness and innovation

Today, the Senate Commerce Committee approved the "American Innovation and Competitiveness Act" after amending it to authorize a four percent funding increase for NSF and NIST. However, a push to identify offsets for these increases may delay or derail passage of the bill by the Senate.

29 Jun 2016

The Senate’s bipartisan bill, released today, differs significantly from the House-passed America COMPETES bill, dropping the COMPETES name altogether and striking a different tone on scientific merit review.

23 Jun 2016

After declining to take up the contentious America COMPETES bill which the House passed narrowly last spring, the Senate appears close to releasing its bipartisan take on the bill.

27 May 2016

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are backing, with near unanimity, a bill that would promote collaboration on research and development of advanced fission and fusion energy reactors across the Department of Energy’s national labs, universities, and the private sector.

2 Mar 2016

Senators Cory Gardner and Gary Peters, in charge of drafting the Senate version of the America COMPETES bill, are seeking further input from the science community on STEM education/workforce issues and research commercialization and technology transfer,

23 Oct 2015

On July 30, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved, by a bipartisan vote of 18 to 4, omnibus energy policy legislation that contains a number of sections relating to science.

1 Sep 2015

“Now is not the time to rest on past success” declares a statement endorsed by more than 250 corporations, universities and scientific associations calling for increased federal support of basic research, improvements in U.S. STEM education, streamlining of regulations burdening researchers, a reaffirmation of merit-based peer review, and changes to tax and immigration laws.

14 Jul 2015

A new report published by the MIT Committee to Evaluate the Innovation Deficit calls for the U.S. to shore up its declining investments in basic research, highlighting fifteen under-exploited areas of science and technology in which the authors believe a more robust basic research investment would help to improve society, shape and maintain U.S.

4 Jun 2015

A subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing to review the DOE Office of Science program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR).

30 Jan 2015

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