Despite deals made over the weekend, the threat of a government shutdown remains. According to the American Physical Society, not only would a shutdown be harmful, the budget agreement in Congress as it stands would strip almost $1 billion from the Dept. of Energy’s budget.
Industry-based researchers recognize the value of government-sponsored research, but some do not want to pay extra for it.
Y-12 National Security Complex comments on pressing topics.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory comments on pressing topics.
National Energy Technology Laboratory comments on pressing topics.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory comments on pressing topics.
Idaho National Laboratory comments on pressing topics.
Argonne National Laboratory comments on pressing topics.
Government lab executives comment on pressing topics.
As part of the SunShot Initiative, the Dept. of Energy has provided financial assistance to solar film manufacturer 3M, which will use the money over a three-year span to develop its Ultra Barrier Solar Film. The flexible film is a promising substitute for glass in the production of thin-film solar cells.
Analysis of the $3.8 trillion proposed budget is beginning to flow, and early reports of its impact on research and innovation is positive, at least from the perspective of scientists. The president placed priorities on energy and medical research, which explains why standout winners in the budget plan include the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and U.S. Dept of Energy.
The Energy Biosciences Institute has this week released “Grand Challenges for Life-Cycle Assessment of Biofuels”, a new report that analyzes and organizes the roadblocks facing the advancement and practical use of biofuels. The report was created by Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, the Univ. of Illinois, and BP energy corporation.
Fifty-three percent of medium to large U.S. companies who responded to a recent survey by The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) say they are planning to increase their R&D budgets in 2011. This and other survey results, including positive hiring expectations, have led IRI to describe a level of optimism not seen since 2008.
2011 Global R&D Funding Forecast
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.
Following cuts in total R&D spending by most advanced economies during the global recession in 2008 to 2009, R&D spending growth resumed, albeit at reduced levels, in 2010 and is again forecast for 2011. Rapid growth in R&D spending in emerging Asian nations only slowed slightly during the recession and is forecast to continue growth that is several times that of the advanced economies.
With our annual assessment of the overall U.S. and global R&D enterprise, annual federal budget review, and detailed industry forecasts, we decided to illuminate this year’s global R&D funding forecast through a discussion with the global research community. This represents an R&D constituency beyond our traditional reach through our surveys to the R&D Magazine readership and the internal Battelle community.
Huawei Technologies, a Chinese telecom founded in 1988, has grown to become the third largest manufacturer of mobile infrastructure equipment in the world and the fifth largest telecom maker overall, behind Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens and Lucent-Alcatel. Starting primarily as a domestic company, the company has expanded globally over the past decade.
U.S. research and development is so large compared to R&D performed in the rest of the world that its individual components are mostly larger in funding and structure than the entire spending of most other countries. R&D spending by the U.S. Dept. of Defense, for example, is larger in absolute spending than all countries except China and Japan and nearly 20% larger than that of Germany. Only China, Japan and Germany have R&D infrastructures at a scale comparable to the U.S.
Energy R&D covers a broad spectrum, from fossil to renewable, from generation to storage, and from utility to consumer. These technologies and markets are fairly distinctive. As a result, R&D funding is not entirely fungible within the energy sector; so, we have adopted a portfolio approach to our forecast.
Electronic systems and components have been in a constant state of evolution for nearly 50 years. Moore’s Law—the doubling of transistor density every two years—started it all in 1965, and the trend is now expected to continue through 2015 and beyond. Current hardware technology development responds to growth in cloud computing, Internet servers, mobile computing, pervasive wireless, embedded everything, integrated power supplies, satellite-based communications, flexible circuits and displays, many-core processors, carbon nanotube circuits, printed circuits and more.
Like most other industries, the software industry’s spending on R&D slowed during the recent recession, declining about 1.5% globally and 5% in the U.S. in 2009. Industry R&D is back on track, however, with increases in 2010 and 2011 of 4.5% to 7.5%, respectively, driven in part by increased adoption of embedded control and interface software in a wide range of applications.
The life sciences segment covers the full range of related industries, ranging from pharmaceuticals to medical devices and equipment to biotechnology. While merger and acquisition activity has abated somewhat, it continues to be a defining factor in R&D investment.
2011 Global R & D Funding Forecast - U.S. Federal R & D Funding: Long-Term Stability, But Short-Term UncertaintyDecember 15, 2010 3:30 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Batelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor-in-Chief, Advantage Business Media, Elk Grove Village, Illinois | Articles | Comments
Again this year, Congress did not pass a budget before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. As of this writing, the FY 2011 federal budget is operating under a continuing resolution (CR) through December 3, 2010, and at least one more extension is likely. Views on how the changing political composition of Congress will affect final FY 2011 federal funding for R&D are uncertain, especially given larger issues tied to a number of federal agency budgets.
Last year at this time, industrial prospects were starting to improve, and 2010 was emerging as a respectable year for R&D investment. This was evident initially in significant Q3 and Q4 2009 R&D investments across a host of industrial segments as a result of backlog projects being released and catch-up investments being made to get R&D efforts back on track after the recession.