NSF Call for Proposals on Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (US only)

NSF has established the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program, with the overarching goal of transforming innovations in research and education into sustained software resources that are an integral part of the cyberinfrastructure.

SI2 is a long-term investment focused on catalyzing new thinking, paradigms, and practices in developing and using software to understand natural, human, and engineered systems. SI2‘s intent is to foster a pervasive cyberinfrastructure to help researchers address problems of unprecedented scale, complexity, resolution, and accuracy by integrating computation, data, networking, observations and experiments in novel ways. NSF expects that its SI2 investment will result in robust, reliable, usable and sustainable software infrastructure that is critical to achieving the CIF21 vision and will transform science and engineering while contributing to the education of next generation researchers and creators of future cyberinfrastructure. Education at all levels will play an important role in integrating such a dynamic cyberinfrastructure into the fabric of how science and engineering is performed.

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504865&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  March 19, 2013

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  February 3, 2014

NSF Request for Proposals to Increase SMET graduates by 10,000

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources, the Directorate for Engineering, and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering announce a cooperative activity between NSF and members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council) to stimulate comprehensive action at universities and colleges to help increase the annual number of new B.S. graduates in engineering and computer science by 10,000: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf12108. Proposals for support of projects would be submitted under a special funding focus (Graduate 10K+) within the NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP). Please note the revised deadline date of December 10, 2012.

Check details at: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)

NSF Webinar on Cyber-Enable Sustainability Science & Engineering (CyberSEES) November 19 2012

On November 19, at 4:00 PM EST (GMT-5), the National Science Foundation will hold a webinar on its Cyber-Enabled Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) Program. The program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and where computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems.

NSF 2012 S&E Indicators (in ppt and excel formats) – NEAT!

This link http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind12/slides_tn.htm#g3 provides excellent data (in ppt and excel formats) included in the pdf overview of the S&E Indicators report which  focuses on the trend in the United States and many other parts of the world toward the development of more knowledge-intensive economies in which research, its commercial exploitation, and other intellectual work are of growing importance. Industry and government play key roles in these changes. The pdf report can also be accessed.

Great source!

US NSF Report on R&D Spending by Businesses in the US

Businesses in the United States are focusing a large portion of their research and development efforts on health and defense, according to a National Science Foundation (NSF) report released today. Of the $290.7 billion in total R&D that was performed by businesses in the United States in 2008, 40 percent was applied to health and medical areas ($76.1 billion) and defense areas ($41.5 billion). More than 86 percent of the health or medical R&D performed by businesses was paid for by the reporting companies themselves. However, the federal government funded most of the defense R&D performed by companies.

More at  http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=125240&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

US R&D Spending Declined in 2009 but Outpaced the Economy (NSF InfoBrief)

Spending on research and development conducted in the United States in 2009 totaled $400.5 billion (current dollars), somewhat below the 2008 level of $403.0 billion, although still well above the $377.0 billion spent in 2007. Although the level of total R&D dropped in 2009 by 0.6%, the depth of the decline was much less than the 2.5% decline in gross domestic product.

Business R&D performance grew on average at 6.3% annually from 2004 to 2009, outpacing the rates of growth of both U.S. R&D at 5.8% and GDP at 3.3%

For more details: NSF US R&D March 2012