America COMPETES Reauthorization Moving Forward

Congress is well on its way to reauthorizing the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science (COMPETES) Act. COMPETES was fist authorized in 2007, with bi-partisan support. The law is designed to maintain and enhance US innovation in the 21st Century through three areas of focus: (1) increasing research investment, (2)… Read More


Department of Energy Announces $100 Million Available for Innovative Research Projects

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E’s 3rd funding opportunity to focus on grid-scale energy storage, electrical power technology, and building energy efficiency WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit today, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available to accelerate innovation in… Read More


NIST Announces Funding for Research Facilities

Yesterday, February 25, NIST announced a new competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. NIST has $50 million available for the cost-sharing grants and anticipates funding 3 to 5 projects with grants of $10 to $15 million each. The grants will… Read More


Arden Bement Leaving NSF

Courtest of the National Science Foundation February 4, 2010 ARLINGTON, VA – Arden L. Bement, the director of the National Science Foundation, has been named to lead Purdue University’s new Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI) in West Lafayette, Ind. Bement will begin his new post as the director of GPRI–which will draw on seven different… Read More


FY11 Budget Overview

Despite an overall spending freeze proposal from the Obama administration, the student aid and research priorities of the higher education community faired relatively well in the President’s Budget Request for FY11. Within the Department of Education, the PBR seeks to increase the maximum Pell grant to $5,710 in FY11 from the current $5,550 level. More importantly,… Read More


National Science Foundation FY11 Budget Request

Yesterday, the President’s Budget Request (PBR) for FY11 was released. The PBR contained the items of note, listed below, within the National Science Foundation request. AGENCY/PROGRAM FY10 FINAL FY11 PBR % CHANGE National Science Foundation 6872.5 7424.4 8.03 Research and Related Activities 5563.9 6018.8 8.18 Education and Human Resources 872.8 892.0 2.20 Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction… Read More


Department of Education FY11 Budget Request

Yesterday, the President’s Budget Request (PBR) for FY11 was released. The PBR contained the items of note listed below for higher education within the Department of Education budget. AGENCY/PROGRAM FY10 FINAL FY11 PBR % CHANGE Department of Education- Discretionary** 46.2 50.7 9.74 Pell Grant Maximum 5,500 5,710 3.82 TRIO- Talent Search* 142 142 0.00 TRIO-… Read More


NSF/FDA Announce Scholar in Residence Program

Agency: National Science Foundation, Food and Drug Administration Grant: NSF/FDA SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE AT FDA Full Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2010; March 15, 2011; March 15, 2012; Annually Thereafter Synopsis of Program: The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Directorate for Engineering’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Read More


NSF Releases Cyberinfrastructure Grant Opportunity

Agency: National Science Foundation Grant: Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) Full Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2010 Synopsis of Program: New information, communication, and computational technologies have had profound impacts on the practice of science and engineering.  Linked to create a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure, the systems, tools, and services emerging… Read More


Commerce Secretary Locke Announces Plans for Forum on R&D Commercialization at Universities

US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Tuesday his plans to host a forum with university leaders and key stakeholders on the roles of universities in innovation, economic development, job creation, and commercialization of federally funded research next month in Washington, DC. The forum, to be held February 24, will open a dialogue among administration… Read More