Part 8 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What do you think the next great invention will be?
Part 7 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. In your point of view, what are some of the greatest threats to R&D in the U.S. right now? Are these roadblocks experienced by your organization, and, if so, how are you dealing with them?
Part 6 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What specifics discoveries or breakthroughs has your organization made that embody the spirit of innovation? Please describe the support for these technologies your organization has had for sponsor or collaborators? Finally, please describe your funding situation.
Part 5 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Where do you see real innovations taking place, and what are the geographical locations or industries do you see benefiting from innovation?
Part 4 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Many R&D organizations are seeing a greater collaboration and partnership activity. Are you seeing this trend? If so, what are some of the forces behind it, and how is it affecting your organization?
Part 3 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Describe your organization’s staffing and recruiting challenges as you see them now.
Part 2 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What one word would you use to describe the current state of industrial research?
Today’s economic and employment realities drive research organizations to develop new strategies.
If you have been in enough offices, or thumbed through enough airline magazines, you’ve seen them: motivational posters with high quality, dramatic images from nature or sports depicting themes such as “Teamwork”, “Attitude”, “Excellence”, and similar concepts. Enterprising individuals have been inspired to create knock-offs that lampoon the posters.
Visit one of Florida’s premier tourist destinations (no, not Disney) and it’s a little hard to believe there’s a countdown unrelated to a rocket launch. Nearly everything at Kennedy Space Center is designed to show visitors that not only does NASA has a rich history of space exploration, it’s still going strong as the world’s premiere launch facility.
If we needed any further proof of the inferiority complex Russia seems to be continually chafing under, Viktor Vekselberg, one of the country’s most successful oligarchs, has been placed in charge of the new Kremlin effort to create a Russian Silicon Valley.
J. Dan Bates, President, Southwest Research Institute answers questions related to R&D Magazine's 2010 Independent R&D Organizations Report.
Victoria F. Haynes, President and CEO, Research Triangle Institute, answers questions related to R&D Magazine's 2010 Independent R&D Organizations Report.
One truly benign way of cutting costs is reducing the tax burden. In industries from chemicals to software, from agriculture to fashion, and at every level, taking full advantage of a tax credit provided by the federal and many state governments to encourage innovation and competitiveness—the R&D tax credit—enables companies to achieve remarkable tax savings.
Independent R&D laboratories face a brave new world where success depends on a diligently cultivated set of collaborations with industry, government, and academia.
Monday was probably a bittersweet day for NASA. Told that it would no longer be following President Bush’s lunar comeback effort or even launching its own astronauts into space, the agency must now look to contractors for their escape velocity needs.
Remember the sharp words between the two greenhouse gas heavyweights at Copenhagen earlier this year over whether China was still a developing country? From China's point of view, they are far from done "developing", and it has little to do with emissions. Instead, the core of their economy is clearly intended to be intellectual know-how that outstrips all others.
To say that the outlook for government R&D laboratory executives is brighter for 2010 than 2009 would be a great understatement. At this time last year most laboratories were scrambling to adjust to a short-term financial upheaval brought about by an across-the-board freeze on budgets until March 2009.
The Battelle/R&D Magazine team forecasts the U.S. R&D environment will begin to re-emerge in 2010, with total R&D spending reaching $401.9 billion, up 3.27% over the final 2009 estimate of $389.2 billion.
With final appropriations bills still undecided, R&D funding, combined with the Administration’s budget in the remaining departments and agencies, totals currently at $147.9 billion, which is an increase of 0.56%. Unless there are some significant Congressional additions, we are headed toward a baseline FY2010 federal budget that fails to keep up with inflation.
Over the past two years, the traditional leaders of R&D—the U.S., Europe, and Japan—have struggled to maintain the basic essentials of their economies and have seen their overall R&D programs slide in relation those of emerging economies. The big emerging nations—China, India, and Brazil—were not immune to the global recession.
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