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Industrial R&D—Energy

December 17, 2012 7:43 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Private-sector energy R&D covers a diverse portfolio of technologies related to electricity generation and use, exploration and extraction, efficiency, clean and sustainable fuels, and transportation. Energy innovation can be influenced by public-sector policies, research, and funding which complements and stimulates industrial R&D.

Industrial R&D—Chemicals & Advanced Materials

December 17, 2012 7:33 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Chemicals and advanced materials comprise a broad sector that includes chemicals, catalysts, polymers, metals, ceramics, and nanomaterials—from products sold by the trainload to those that cost hundreds of dollars per gram. It is an innovation-intensive business: for example, the U.S. chemical industry is responsible for over one tenth of all patents filed in the United States.

The Internationalization of R&D

December 17, 2012 7:15 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

R&D investments have become highly competitive between nations, with each looking to outspend the others to maintain a competitive edge. This internationalization of R&D now pits the U.S., China, Japan, and the EU against each other to develop breakthrough technologies that can be developed into marketable products that can build their country's export trade.

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BRIC - Brazil

December 17, 2012 7:08 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

While strictly categorized as an emerging nation by the IMF, the Federative Republic of Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country in geographic size and population and sixth overall in gross domestic product (GDP). By 2040, Brazil’s economy is forecast to be the fourth largest in the world, behind China, the U.S., and India.

BRIC - Russia

December 17, 2012 6:59 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Gross domestic expenditures on R&D (GERD) in the Russian Federation nearly doubled (at constant prices) from 1998 to 2008, one of the highest growth rates at that time. Russia's 2013 R&D is forecast to grow to $38.5 billion, a 4.0% increase over the $37 billion spent in 2012.

BRIC - India

December 17, 2012 6:47 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

India has averaged greater than 7% annual GDP growth since 1997, but the current outlook is unusually uncertain. Real GDP growth for 2012 is expected to be close to 5%, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF's GDP growth forecast for 2013 increases to nearly 6% following various recent reforms. 2013 economic growth is expected to yield R&D spending growth of about 12.2% over that spent in 2012.

BRIC - China

December 17, 2012 6:37 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Continuing the trend it established more than a decade ago, China's commitment to R&D is expected to increase 11.6% in 2013, following an 11.3% increase in 2012. China's R&D is now 52% of that expected to be spent by the U.S. in 2013, compared to 43% just two years ago.

Europe

December 17, 2012 6:29 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Half of the Top 40 R&D spending countries in the world are in Europe, but they only account for 22.6% of the total global spending. Another 14 European countries increase that spending by $10.7 billion (23.4% of the global total). Over the past five years, Europe has continuously declined in its share of global R&D spending.

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Rest of the World

December 17, 2012 6:19 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

The U.S., BRIC, and European countries account for about 70% of the R&D performed in the world. Countries in the rest-of-the-world (ROW) account for the remaining $500 billion. These countries are increasing their R&D investments at an average rate of nearly 5%.

A View of the World of R&D

December 17, 2012 6:07 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

We present the results of our annual survey of the global researcher community. Improvements in the sampling strategy and distribution of the survey continue to increase and diversify the respondent base. This diversity provides a unique perspective on the global R&D community representing countries from Argentina to Vietnam.

Views of Global Researchers

December 17, 2012 5:58 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

As part of our Global Researcher Survey we ask our respondents to comment on the status and future of R&D. Below are a few thought provoking views from around the world. The nexus of water, food and energy will drive security of planet earth. Any innovative technology that makes a positive impact in these areas will be beneficial. - Academia/Singapore

Global Funding Forecast Resources

December 17, 2012 4:56 pm | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle and Tim Studt, Editorial Director, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

The following Web sites are good sources of information related to the global R&D enterprise. Much of the information in this report was derived from these sources, which are certainly not all-inclusive.

Dark Clouds, But Bright Outlook for R&D

December 14, 2012 11:27 am | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations.

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2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable: University of Dayton Research Institute

December 14, 2012 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable answers from the University of Dayton Research Institute. Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations.

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable: Southwest Research Institute

December 14, 2012 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable answers from Southwest Research Institute. Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations.

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

December 14, 2012 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable answers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations.

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable: NanoSteel

December 14, 2012 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable answers from NanoSteel. Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations.

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable: RTI International

December 14, 2012 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable answers from RTI International. Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations.

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable: NASA Glenn Research Center

December 14, 2012 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable answers from NASA Glenn Research Center. Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations.

LLNL receives grant for underground coal gasification work

December 4, 2012 8:35 am | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Underground Coal Gasification Program has received a two-year research grant to study water-quality hazard mitigation strategies from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

DOE awards up to $120 million for battery hub

December 3, 2012 8:25 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that a multipartner team led by Argonne National Laboratory has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub. The Hub will combine the R&D firepower of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four private firms in an effort aimed at achieving advances in battery performance.

Georgia Tech awarded $2.7 million from DARPA

November 30, 2012 7:25 am | News | Comments

A research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has received a $2.7 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop technology intended to help address the challenges of "big data"—data sets that are both massive and complex.

NIH funds tissue engineering project at Rice

November 12, 2012 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Smart scaffolding that can guide cells, proteins, and small-molecule drugs to make new tissue and repair damage inside the body is in the works at Rice University. Scientists at Rice and the Texas A&M Health Science Centery Baylor College of Dentistry received a $1.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a hydrogel that can be injected into a patient to form an active biological scaffold.

NC State launches work on more efficient computers using 3DIC technology

November 8, 2012 8:11 am | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers are launching an initiative to develop a computer that uses 3D integrated chip (3DIC) technology and is significantly more energy efficient than anything else on the market today. The work is supported by $1 million in funding as Phase 1 of a negotiated $4 million cooperative agreement contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Sandia Labs partner with Northrop Grumman, GE

November 5, 2012 9:40 am | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories has signed a pair of cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) that could broadly add to the Labs' research into combustion, defense, energy, and nuclear security. The umbrella CRADAs, which enable Sandia and its partners to pursue multiple projects in a variety of categories, are with Northrop Grumman Information Systems and General Electric Global Research.

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