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NSF creates industry electrochemical research center at Ohio Univ.

March 24, 2014 1:57 pm | News | Comments

The Center for Electrochemical Engineering at Ohio Univ. has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to establish a new industry university cooperative research center in Athens, Ohio, with partner site Washington Univ.-St. Louis. The new center will focus on electrochemical alternatives to conventional chemical and biological processes, with the goal of enhancing advanced production capabilities.

R&D spending in higher education

March 21, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

The Higher Education Research and Development Survey, successor to the Survey of Research and...

Researchers reveal phrases that pay on Kickstarter

January 15, 2014 7:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology studying the burgeoning phenomenon of...

Researchers propose alternative way to allocate science funding

January 8, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

According Indiana Univ.’s Johan Bollen, lead...

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Study: Research funding has become prone to bubble formation

November 22, 2013 11:12 am | News | Comments

According to a recent study, fashions in research funding, reward structures in universities and streamlining of scientific agendas undermine traditional academic norms and may result in science bubbles. New research shows how the mechanisms that set off the financial crisis might be replicating in the field of science.

Rice wins neuroengineering grant

September 6, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

An effort by Rice Univ. to train the neuroengineers of the future has drawn nearly $2.8 million in support from the National Science Foundation. The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant for the program led by bioengineer Robert Raphael with colleagues at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine will spur training that spans neuroscience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and bioengineering.

New agreement strengthens U.S., U.K. research collaboration

September 6, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

The U.S. National Science Foundation and U.K. Research Councils have entered into a new agreement designed to help support international research partnerships between the two nations. This new, two-way, lead-agency agreement enables a simplified and flexible process for researchers wishing to apply for U.S.-U.K. collaborative research funding, using the same systems and processes within the respective funding agencies.

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Team will dive deep into cell structures

August 26, 2013 7:49 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Rice Univ. and the Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create processes that will look more deeply than ever into the protein networks that drive cells. The four-year grant will enable a collaboration on new ways to see and evaluate the mechanisms that give cells their shapes and prompt them to change and move.

Research funding stays constant despite federal budget sequestration

August 23, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

Research awards to the Univ. of Florida (UF) held steady last year at $640.6 million despite a slowdown in federal funding brought on by the budget sequestration. The total is within 1% of 2012’s $644.4 million. Researchers from the six colleges of UF Health brought in $363.1 million.

Department of Defense awards $2 million to spinal cord injury research

May 28, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Capstone National Partners are pleased to announce a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) to further support the expansion of translational research to find treatments for individuals living with spinal cord injury, including servicemen and women.

Race is on for EU's $1.3 billion science projects

January 15, 2013 11:01 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Teams of scientists from across Europe are vying for a funding bonanza that could see two of them receive more than a billion dollars over 10 years to keep the continent at the cutting edge of technology. The contest began with 26 proposals, and just four have made it to the final round, including a plan to develop digital guardian angels, an accurate model of the human brain, and better ways to produce and use graphene.

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.

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Northrop gets 5-year NIH contract extension

November 16, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. said Friday that it received a five-year contract extension worth up to $30 million to provide research services to the National Institutes of Health. Under the repeat contract, which the company has held since 2004, Northrop will provide computing and...

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.

NIH grant to advance brain surgery robot development

October 19, 2012 1:00 pm | News | Comments

A research team from the University of Maryland has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue developing a small robot that could one day be a huge aid to neurosurgeons in removing difficult-to-reach brain tumors.

NRI to lead five-year effort to develop post-CMOS electronics

October 19, 2012 8:17 am | News | Comments

NIST announced the selection of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a collaboration of several key firms in the semiconductor industry, to support university-centered research for the development of after-the-next-generation "nanoelectronics" technology. NRI consists of participants from the semiconductor industry, including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel, Micron Technology, and Texas Instruments.

Georgia Tech awarded $6 million to improve safety of nuclear reactors

October 1, 2012 10:39 am | News | Comments

The Georgia Institute of Technology has won a $6 million federal grant to design improvements that strengthen the performance and safety of nuclear systems beyond today's capabilities. The three-year project will engage universities, industry partners, and international organizations to develop a novel concept of a light water reactor with inherent safety features.

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NC State signs research agreement with Eastman Chemical Co.

September 10, 2012 7:32 am | News | Comments

In a move signaling a new, innovative approach to multidisciplinary research with university partners, North Carolina State University has entered into a multiyear agreement with Eastman Chemical Co. to conduct joint cutting-edge research in chemistry, materials science, and other scientific disciplines.

DARPA, NIH to fund 'human body-on-a-chip' research

July 25, 2012 3:24 am | News | Comments

Researchers in the Department of Biological Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology will receive up to $32 million over the next five years from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Institutes of Health to develop a technology platform that will mimic human physiological systems in the laboratory, using an array of integrated, interchangeable engineered human tissue constructs.

HIV immunity study could pave way for vaccine development

July 17, 2012 9:33 am | News | Comments

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are among the team recently funded to explore ways to create the precise immune factors needed for effective vaccines against HIV. The Duke University-led consortium will largely concentrate on inducing broadly neutralizing antibodies that can prevent HIV-1 infection, as well as on generating protective T-cell and innate immune system responses.

Cybersecurity experts investigate self-adapting computer network

May 10, 2012 8:26 am | News | Comments

In the online struggle for network security, Kansas State University cybersecurity experts are adding an ally to the security force: the computer network itself. The team is researching the feasibility of building a computer network that could protect itself against online attackers by automatically changing its setup and configuration.

Georgia Tech receives $3.1 M for nuclear energy research, education

May 10, 2012 8:13 am | News | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for research and scholarships focused on nuclear energy. The money will go to three research projects focused on developing new and advanced nuclear reactor designs and technologies, while addressing their cost, safety, and security.

Purdue scientists, engineers team up on smart turbine wind energy project

April 25, 2012 7:59 am | News | Comments

A team of Purdue University researchers will use a $1.6 million federal grant to advance sensor technology and computer simulation tools for tracking and improving the performance and reliability of "smart" wind turbines and wind farms.

Easy robotic design and production

April 3, 2012 9:11 am | News | Comments

An ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are designed and produced is being funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation. A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania aims to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize, and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.

Penn to lead $10 million project on computer-assisted programming

April 3, 2012 7:36 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The University of Pennsylvania will lead a $10 million National Science Foundation project to make computer programming faster, easier, and more intuitive. Dubbed ExCAPE  for Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering, the project is a collaborative effort that will involve multiple research institutions, partners in industry, and educational outreach to the next generation of computer scientists.

R & D caucus highlights NSF's tie to innovation

April 2, 2012 5:32 am | News | Comments

Last Friday, the National Science Foundation held a congressional briefing to call attention to its research successes, particularly the process of bringing relevant fundamental research from the laboratory to the marketplace. Particular attention was called to Small Business Innovation Research grant beneficiaries, some of whom shared their success stories at the briefing.

Unwinding nature’s clocks, with $14M from DARPA

March 2, 2012 10:15 am | News | Comments

From the time we eat breakfast to when we leave work, mechanical clocks control a large part of our lives. But we, and other creatures, also have biological clocks that regulate just about every function in our bodies. Scientists know our biological clocks are coordinated, but they aren't sure how. Using a $14 million grant from DARPA, a team from Duke and other universities will be looking more closely at the timepieces that drive life.

Research initiative will study best approaches for quantum memories

February 16, 2012 4:49 am | News | Comments

The United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded $8.5 million to a consortium of seven U.S. universities that will work together to determine the best approach for generating quantum memories based on interaction between light and matter. The team will consider three different approaches for creating entangled quantum memories that could facilitate the long-distance transmission of secure information.

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.

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