Competitiveness and innovation

11 Feb 2008

The FY 2009 budget that President George Bush has sent to Congress requests impressive increases in the budgets of the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the core research programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Together, total funding for the three agencies would increase 15 percent over this year's total enacted budget.  In contrast, non-security discretionary spending in the FY 2009 request would be less than one percent.               

30 Jan 2008

During his Monday night State of the Union address, President Bush signaled his continued support for his American Competitiveness Initiative.  First announced in his  January 2006 State of the Union (see ), the President proposed doubling in ten years the collective budgets for the DOE Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the research programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.        

25 Jan 2008

A new report by the National Science Board states its major conclusion in unambiguous language: "U.S. industry and the Federal Government are the primary pillars of financial support for the U.S. research and development (R&D) enterprise. The National Science Board (Board) observes with concern the indicators of stagnation, and even decline in some discipline areas, in support for U.S. R&D, and especially basic research, by these two essential patrons and participants."

23 Oct 2009

Yesterday William Brinkman, Director of the DOE Office of Science, addressed the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel at the start of a two-day meeting in Washington. Brinkman spoke on the following subjects:

FY 2010 Budget:

22 Sep 2009

In remarks at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY yesterday, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his belief in the importance of basic research.  It was the President’s second major address in which he discussed at length the value of basic research.

20 Jul 2009

A major initiative in this spring’s budget submission for the Department of Energy was a $280 million request for the establishment of eight Energy Innovation Hubs in FY 2010.  The appropriators’ reaction was muted, with the House and Senate versions of the FY 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill providing funding for - at best - only a few of the Hubs.

This FYI reviews the FY 2010 request, Senate and House actions, a comparison of the Hubs and Energy Frontier Research Centers, and the Outlook:

7 Dec 2010

The  65-page final report released by The National Commission on Fiscal  Responsibility and Reform late last week calls for hundreds of billions of dollars  in funding cuts for domestic and defense programs.  Against this background, it is of  considerable significance that the report advocates “expanding high-value  research and development in energy and other critical areas.”

26 Oct 2010

In  an October 13 letter to the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal  Responsibility and Reform, members of the Task Force on American Innovation   urged that “our government must provide robust support for basic research,  particularly in the physical sciences and engineering, and for STEM (science,  technology, engineering, mathematics) education.”  Among the 42 members of the Task Force are  the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

20 Oct 2010

Developing  effective strategies to support America’s most talented students is a topic  that is often overlooked in the ongoing national dialogue about improving our  nation’s schools.  The National Science  Board has released an important report focusing on the identification and  nurturing of these students who could be America’s “next generation of  innovators.”


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