U.S. R&D Increased by $32 Billion in 2017, to $548 billion; Estimate for 2018 Indicates a Further Rise to $580 billion

NSF News  January 8, 2020 New data from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation indicate that research and experimental development performed in the United States totaled $547.9 billion in 2017. The estimated total for 2018, based on performer-reported expectations, is $580.0 billion. These numbers compare with U.S. R&D totals of $493.7 billion in 2015 and $406.6 billion in 2010. The U.S. R&D system consists of the activities of a diverse group of R&D performers and sources of funding. Included here are private businesses, the federal government, nonfederal governments, higher education institutions, and […]

Open international research collaboration essential, must have safeguards, independent report finds

NSF News  December 11, 2019 As part of its ongoing effort to enhance the agency’s understanding of the threats to basic research posed by foreign governments that have taken actions that violate the principles of scientific ethics and research integrity, the NSF today released a report by JASON titled “Fundamental Research Security.” Four main themes emerged from the JASON study: The value of, and need for, foreign scientific talent in the U.S.; The significant negative impacts of placing new restrictions on access to fundamental research; The need to extend our notion of research integrity to include disclosures of commitments and potential […]

Air Force issues strategy for artificial intelligence

Fedscoop  September 19, 2019 The strategy is meant to be an annex to the Department of Defense’s AI strategy in support of its Joint AI Center. It will serve as a mechanism to align the Air Force with the larger AI efforts across the department and leverage the JAIC‘s progress as an AI center of excellence. The goal is to provide fundamental principles, enabling functions, and objectives necessary to effectively manage, maneuver, and lead in the digital age…read more.

Delivering on Quantum Innovation

IEEE Spectrum  September 13, 2019 The University of Maryland has announced the launch of the Quantum Technology Center which aims to translate quantum physics research into innovative technologies. The center will pursue collaborations with industry and government labs to help take promising quantum advances from the lab to the marketplace. It will also train students in the development and application of quantum technologies to produce a workforce educated in quantum-related engineering. UMD already hosts more than 200 researchers in quantum science, one of the greatest concentrations in the world. Much of the effort has been led by the Joint Quantum […]

FedBizOpps to be shut down by year’s end so a new awards site may rise

Fedcsoop  August 15, 2019 The US government plans to change the website it uses for federal awards in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, as the General Services Administration merges its legacy sites into one system. FedBizOpps.gov, will be decommissioned in favor of beta.SAM.gov, which will deliver more precise results for number, keyword and location searches using new filters. Public-facing application programming interfaces from departments and agencies will be available for download. All data feeds can be found under the data services section of the new site. Users will need to create a new account on beta.SAM.gov via login.gov. […]

America may outsmart China in 5G with AI and blockchains

MIT Technology Review  May 7, 2019 According to the FCC it will be imperative to devise better ways to allocate the spectrum. DARPA is organizing a competition to devise new ways of negotiating over spectrum using AI. Just as the wireless data available to smartphones has spurred technological progress, 5G should underpin innovation across the tech industry. AI and blockchains could be crucial to helping the US stay competitive with China in wireless technology…read more.

60 Years of DARPA’s Favorite Toys

IEEE Spectrum September 26, 2018 DARPA held a conference in Washington, D.C. to celebrate its 60th anniversary. One of the highlights was an exhibit hall full of both current DARPA programs as well as unique artifacts from DARPA’s history. IEEE has put together a gallery of the most interesting exhibits. DARPA also published a 140-page retrospective on what they’ve been up to over the last half century… read more.

DOE announces $218 million for quantum information science

Eurekalert  September 25, 2018 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $218 million in funding for 85 research awards in the important emerging field of Quantum Information Science (QIS). The awards are led by scientists at 28 institutions of higher learning across the nation and nine DOE national laboratories and cover a range of topics. Depending on the topic and program, awards range in duration from two to five years. Total funding for Fiscal Year 2018 will be $73 million, with outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations… read more.

New NSF funding to build research infrastructure across the country

NSF  September 18, 2018 The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $140 million to seven jurisdictions through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which builds research and development capacity in jurisdictions that demonstrate a commitment to research but have thus far lacked the levels of investment seen in other parts of the country. The new EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 awards will bolster science and engineering research infrastructure in Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire and New Mexico, each of which will receive five years of support…read more.

US takes first step toward a quantum computing workforce

MIT Technology Review  September 13, 2018 The National Quantum Initiative Act , a bill just passed establishes a federal program for accelerating research and training in quantum computing. The act will release $1.275 billion to help fund several centers of excellence that should help train many quantum engineers. China is pouring billions of dollars into its own quantum computing projects. The international picture is especially significant because these technologies promise to be useful for breaking—but also securing—communications channels…read more.