Sequestration: What it means for Federal Research Funding

Automatic spending cuts, or sequestration, was established through the Budget Control Act passed by Congress last August and is set to go into effect January 2013.  The sequestration process has great implications for all federal discretionary programs, including most – if not all – of federally funded research programs. Below is a link to a… Read More


CR Agreement Finalized

Late yesterday, Congressional leaders agreed to a deal that will avert a government shutdown as the end of the federal fiscal year looms.  The Senate approved a week-long continuing resolution (CR) that will run through October 4th, which is expected to be approved by the House – through a pro forma session – sometime on… Read More


President Obama Announces New Push for Education Reform

President Obama today announced that it was time to commit to tackling education reform and that he would allow states to apply for waivers that will give them flexibility from mandates under the ‘No Child Left Behind’ law that many officials agree is outdated and no longer effective. The President stated that many states and… Read More


Early Details of Obama’s Jobs Package Released Ahead of Tomorrow’s Speech

In light of a stalled and bleak economic recovery, President Obama is set to annouce an aggressive “Jobs” proposal in a speech before Congress tomorrow evening. While officially unconfirmed by the White House, the package apparently contains approximately $300 billion worth of tax credits, school renovation projects, job training for the unemployed, and a program… Read More


Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: Timeline & Deadlines

Timeline August 16, 2011:  members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to be appointed. September 16, 2011:  Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction must hold its first meeting.   September 22, 2011:  Congress must consider a resolution of disapproval for first tranche ($900 billion) of debt limit increase.   October 1-December 31, 2011:  the House… Read More


NSF Launches New Innovation Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) on July 28 launched a new program to help develop basic scientific and engineering discoveries into new technologies, products, and processes.  The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is a public-private partnership among the NSF, Kauffman Foundation, and Deshpande Foundation.  The goal of the program, according to the NSF press release,… Read More


Senate Holds Hearing on Department of Ed FY12 Budget

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing yesterday on the Department of Education’s FY12 budget. Secretary Duncan was the witness. In his opening remarks, Duncan expressed concern that America has gone from being a world leader in education to now being “middle of the pack”.  He… Read More


Competing Debt Proposals Released

The Senate Majority Leader has released draft legislation last night that would raise the debt ceiling through 2012 while trimming the deficit by $2.7 trillion over 10 years.  The package would boost the debt limit by $2.4 trillion immediately, would not include any new revenues (taxes), and would not affect Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security… Read More


DOD’s Minerva Initiative Calls for New Round of White Papers and Funding Proposals

University consortia and individual investigators are encouraged to submit white papers and full funding proposals to the Minerva Initiative, the Department of Defense’s competitive, university-based social science basic research program.  Because of a delay in release of the funding solicitation, program managers have extended the deadline for white paper submissions to Friday, September 16, 2011,… Read More


DOE Announces $120 Million to Support Development of Innovative Manufacturing Processes

As part of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership launched last month by President Obama, the Department of Energy is offering an investment of up to $120 million over three years to develop transformational manufacturing technologies and innovative materials. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging… Read More