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mHealth Summit 2017

New Director of NSF Engineering Directorate Announced

Richard O. Buckius has been named to head the Engineering Directorate at the US National Science Foundation. An expert in thermal sciences, he has been professor of mechanical engineering and is former head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his academic degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. At NSF he previously served as head of the Thermal Systems and Engineering Program and the Division of Chemical and Transport Systems, then acting assistant director for engineering.

NSF has funded CRA’s proposal to create a Community Computing Consortium (CCC)

Under the three-year, $6 million agreement, CRA will create the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) to identify major research opportunities and establish grand challenges for the field. The CCC will create venues for community participation for developing visions and creating new research activities.

The State of R&D Spending in the U.S.

An article in the September 3rd edition of the New York Times explains that while the U.S. remains the leader in the total R&D spending, accounting for the 34% of the world total, we rank only seventh in R&D spending as a percentage of GNP, trailing Sweden, Finland, Japan, Switzerland, Iceland and South Korea.

“The government is spending a smaller and smaller amount of our economy on R&D, and that comes at a time when other countries are dramatically increasing their investments. It raises big concerns for the future of U.S. innovation, ” says Kei Koizumi, director of the research and development budget and policy program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In the meantime, China and South Korea, for example, have substantially increased their research funding, by 10 percent or more anually in recent years. In terms of dollars invested in basic research as a percentage of R&D, the U.S. ranks 11th; in the amount invested in nondefense research as a percentage of the economy, we rank 22nd.

Government R&D investment has been a declining priority for the U.S.  Government for the last few decades. In the mid-sixties, the U.S. Government provided 67% of R&D spending; today, the number hovers around 30%. While much of the difference has been made up by an increase in corporate R&D investment, many businesses have strenghthened research relationships in foreign nations, most notably in Asia, raising concerns about how benefits will trickle back to the U.S.

A Matter of Size: Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NMAB)

Partners In Environmental Technology: Meeting DoD’s Environmental Challenges

NIH Funding Opportunities for New and Young Investigators