Department of Energy Announces Details on Hubs

Department of Energy to Invest $366M in Energy Innovation Hubs Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fuels from Sunlight Hub is Issued Washington, DC – U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today outlined the Department’s plans to invest up to $366 million to establish and operate three new Energy Innovation Hubs focused on accelerating research and… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hall December 21-25

The Senate is scheduled to remain in session for at least part of this week as it continues consideration of HR 3590, Health Care Overhaul.  The House will meet at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, December 23rd, and at 10:00 am Saturday, December 26 for pro formas sessions.  [During pro forma sessions, no legislative business is conducted… Read More


FY10 Appropriations Process Comes to an End

**Chart Updated 12/22** With passage of the Defense Appropriations bill in the Senate over the past weekend, the FY10 appropriations process came to an end. The 2010 process included nearly $11 million of appropriations specifically for the University of Washington, including: $4.6 million for the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, $4 million for the… Read More


Secretary of Educations Pens Op-Ed on Student Loan Overhaul

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal, published an op-ed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In the piece, Secretary Duncan makes the case that banks don’t belong in the federal student loan business and that the subsidies they currently receive through Federal Family Education Loan program would be better spent on student aid. The Senate… Read More


House Passes Jobs Bill with Higher Ed. Provisions

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a jobs package (H.R. 2847 -Jobs for Mainstreet Act of 2010) that provides $75 billion of unspent funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) for assistance to states and local governments in avoiding government layoffs and supporting infrastructure repair and modernization.  Of note to the higher education community… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hill December 14-18

The Senate is expected to spend the week working through amendments to a health care overhaul bill. Both chambers are also expected to take up a Defense spending bill that will likely serve as a vehicle for several other end-of-year measures. Later in the week, the House will take up bills on community radio, and… Read More


Future of Tax Extenders Legislation Remains Unclear

Despite House passage of the Tax Extenders Act of 2009 (H.R. 4213), it appears possible that tax provisions important to the higher education community may expire at the end of the month. The provisions include the education tuition deduction, the IRA charitable rollover, and the research and development tax credit. Disagreements in the Senate over… Read More


FY10 Appropriations Moving to Conclusion

Yesterday, details on a House-Senate omnibus FY10 appropriations package (H.R. 3288) emerged. The omnibus package will contain 6 of the 7 appropriations bills that have yet to be signed into law -with only the Defense Appropriations bill remaining. The Defense bill is being utilized as a final vehicle to advance measures that the leadership in… Read More


ARPA-E Fellowship Opportunity Announced

December 8, 2009 Department of Energy Announces Fellows Program for Advance Research Energy Projects Announcement comes on the heels of ARPA-E’s 2nd Funding Opportunity Cambridge, MA – The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced today the creation of the ARPA-E Fellows Program at an event with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s… Read More


New ARPA-E Grant Opportunities Announced

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that a second round of funding opportunities for transformational energy research projects is available through ARPA-E. At a joint event with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Secretary Chu reported that $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available to accelerate innovation in green technology,… Read More