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Congress reaches deal on SBIR reauthorization

December 13, 2011 7:14 am | News | Comments

The Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs were both set to expire on Dec. 16, 2011. But on Monday evening, Congress successfully negotiated a long-term reauthorization.

Fuels expert: put practicality before policy

December 8, 2011 6:35 pm | News | Comments

A transportation fuels expert from Sandia National Laboratories says policy makers should consider such practical issues as the number of gas stations selling ethanol and how long it takes to get new transportation technologies to market as they introduce aggressive federal and state energy policies.

Autonomous Deployment Demonstration program completes flight testing

December 5, 2011 8:45 am | News | Comments

The Naval Research Laboratory Vehicle Research Section has successfully completed flight tests for the Autonomous Deployment Demonstration program. The final demonstration took place Sept. 1 at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, Ariz., and consisted of a series of eight balloon-drops at altitudes of up to 57,000 ft, delivering sensor-emplacement Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft vehicles within 15 ft of their intended landing locations.

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Wastewater system generates energy, produces drinking water

December 1, 2011 9:34 am | News | Comments

A Michigan State University researcher is using a $1.92 million Department of Defense grant to develop a portable wastewater treatment system that could improve the military's efficiency. The solar-bio-nano project also will generate energy and produce drinking water, providing a potential blueprint for future municipal/agricultural wasterwater treatment systems.

NIH grant to help MRI scientist seek answers about manganese toxicity

December 1, 2011 8:57 am | News | Comments

People exposed to manganese in occupational settings such as welding may not see signs for years that the element is toxic to their nervous systems, but new medical imaging techniques being developed and tested by a Purdue University professor could help reveal toxicity before symptoms appear that indicate irreversible brain damage.

ONR-funded guided rockets hit fast-moving targets in test

November 30, 2011 3:44 am | News | Comments

A weapon prototype developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) successfully hit two high-speed boat targets during recent testing. ONR researchers produced the Low-Cost Imaging Terminal Seeker, a suite of low-cost technologies that modify existing helicopter-borne rockets into precision-guided weapons.

Antibody library project could unlock mysteries of human gene function

November 1, 2011 11:10 am | News | Comments

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to Los Alamos National Laboratory  Bioscience Division could help unravel the gnarly secrets of how many human genes function. With the new NIH Common Fund grant of more than $4 million, researchers led by Andrew Bradbury aim to develop an automated pipeline to generate antibodies against human gene products, without using animals.

The More Things Change …

October 18, 2011 9:05 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

Concern is growing in the scientific community about the changing attitude of Congress toward federal research and development activities. Once content to rely upon the recommendations of government research officials, Congressional leaders now are swinging to the other extreme—the questioning of virtually every major research decision.

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Argonne awarded $1.9 million for hydropower study

October 17, 2011 12:23 pm | News | Comments

New life has been pumped into the study and modeling of hydropower storage plants, thanks to a new $1.9 million Department of Energy grant awarded to a project led by Argonne National Laboratory.

LLNL, Loyola win NIH grant to develop anthrax vaccine

October 10, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working with Loyola University, has won a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help develop a new anthrax vaccine.  The grant is the first major NIH-funded biodefense grant focused on LLNL's nanolipoprotein technology.

First round of Innovation Corps awards announced

October 7, 2011 12:25 pm | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected 21 teams for the inaugural class of its I-Corp awards. Winning teams will receive guidance from private- and public-sector experts, participate in a specially designed training curriculum, and receive $50,000 to begin assessing the commercial readiness of their technology concepts.

Purdue part of institute awarded up to $35 million by FDA

October 6, 2011 6:38 am | News | Comments

Purdue University is part of a national institute that received a grant of up to $35 million over the next five years from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA awarded the grant to the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education, or NIPTE, to improve manufacturing standards and ultimately cut health care costs, create jobs, and improve drug safety.

Berkeley Lab to share in three new ARPA-E energy projects

October 3, 2011 7:11 am | News | Comments

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers will play major roles in three new energy research projects being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. These three projects entail the development of tobacco as a source of biofuels, creation of a personalized system for reducing customer demands for electrical power when the grid is congested, and development of a commercial process for extracting biofuels from the resin of pine trees.

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Shutdown looms at pioneering American atom smasher

September 30, 2011 5:13 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coming months will be both exciting and bittersweet at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. What was for many years the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, Tevatron, will soon cease to operate. But Fermilab will continue to be America’s “City of Energy”, confirming faster-than-light results from CERN and building Project X.

NETL projects selected to conduct geothermal energy research

September 29, 2011 9:43 am | News | Comments

Two geothermal energy projects led by researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. These projects promise to help accelerate development of geothermal energy technologies and diversify America’s sources of clean, renewable energy.

FPL research supports USDA's $80 million biofuels investment

September 29, 2011 9:32 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Washington State University and University of Washington each will receive a five-year, $40 million grant to help develop alternatives to petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. As a partner in the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) will receive $1.1 million to pretreat woody biomass for conversion to aviation fuel.

MIT wins DOE grant to develop next-generation advanced reactors

September 26, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been awarded $7.5 million as part of a new initiative by the Department of Energy to support research and development on the next generation of nuclear technologies.

Rice wins grant to develop carbon dioxide capture technology

September 20, 2011 8:15 am | News | Comments

A Rice University research team is one of 16 chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop innovative new technologies that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants.

SwRI receives contract to develop drug formulation to treat cyanide exposure

September 16, 2011 10:38 am | News | Comments

Southwest Research Institute was awarded a $4.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop a nasal-delivery, first-line treatment system to combat cyanide poisoning.

DOE awards LLNL more than $850,000 for geothermal research

September 15, 2011 8:15 am | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has received $890,000 from U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to help accelerate geothermal energy technology. The main project, "Stochastic Joint Inversion for Integrated Data Interpretation in Geothermal Exploration," aims to reduce resource exploration costs by developing a processing technique for a variety of geophysical and geological parameters.

OPT, Lockheed Martin collaborate on wave power project

September 13, 2011 6:39 am | News | Comments

Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPT) announced it will collaborate with Lockheed Martin in connection with OPT's proposed commercial-scale wave power generation project at Reedsport, Ore. The work builds on previous work conducted by Lockheed Martin and OPT.

NREL to help four start-ups ramp up solar energy innovations

September 12, 2011 7:36 am | News | Comments

Companies with innovative, game-changing ways to lower the cost of solar energy have been awarded $5.8 million to work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The SunShot Incubator Program is an expansion of DOE's successful PV Technology Incubator Program, launched in 2007, which to date has funded $60 million in projects and leveraged $1.3 billion in private investment.

DOE awards $43 million to spur offshore wind energy

September 9, 2011 7:28 am | News | Comments

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $43 million over the next five years to speed technical innovations, lower costs, and shorten the timeline for deploying offshore wind energy systems.

DOE awards up to $38 million to advance geothermal energy technology

September 9, 2011 7:20 am | News | Comments

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $38 million over three years for projects to accelerate the development of promising geothermal energy technologies and help diversify America’s sources of clean, renewable energy.

DOE nuclear program awards $1.6 million to Penn State

September 8, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

Three Penn State University-led projects have received more than $1.6 million in combined research and development grants from the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs.

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