Last year American taxpayers spent more than $42 billion for scientific research and education at universities and nonprofits across the country. Most of this investment contributed to American innovation, economic competitiveness and national security. Taxpayers would be surprised to learn that approximately one-quarter of that funding -- more than $10 billion -- pays not for the cost of research but to cover universities’ and nonprofits’ overhead.
American scientific teams still publish significantly more biomedical research discoveries than teams from any other country, a new study shows, and the U.S. still leads the world in research and development expenditures. But American dominance is slowly shrinking, the analysis finds, as China's skyrocketing investing on science over the last two decades begins to pay off.
Big manufacturing companies in Alabama are looking for skilled workers for jobs they say they can’t fill. After-school programs can provide the connection, he said, because they engage kids in a different way than school does. In schools, kids are doing reading, writing and arithmetic, Morin said. “They don’t see the real-world relevance [of what they’re studying],” he said.
It was an intriguing idea, Kalil thought: Could the U.S. government get better research results if it offered prizes? Could it become a “third leg of the stool”–in addition to contracts and grants – for the federal government to support innovation? “It occurred to me that the government has trillions of dollars contingent on failure,” Kalil recalled in an interview. “Why don’t we make payments that are contingent on success?”
Last fall’s divisive presidential campaign was still underway when Jim Olds, who leads the biology directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, began worrying that the agency could soon be facing a serious budget crunch. It was already under a government-wide spending freeze, and Olds wanted to be prepared if things got worse. So he asked his staff to begin thinking about how to handle a 20% cut in the directorate’s $724 million budget.
Yep, colleges and universities in America are addicted to taxpayer-subsidized tuition. That's why they keep jacking up tuition faster than the rate of inflation. And that's why they really don't care how much debt your child is straddled with when they graduate. Because whether you pay or don't pay, succeed in life or fail, government-backed student loans make sure the schools get their money, and get it fast, first, and always.
The meeting, which was also attended by Ivanka Trump and Reed Cordish, assistant to the president, examined the relationship between government, universities, philanthropy and industry that make American biomedical discovery “the envy of the world,” NIH Director Francis Collins said in a statement.
The President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, which funds the U.S. government for the remainder of the fiscal year. NASA received $19.65 billion -- its best budget since 2010 -- and the Planetary Science Division saw its budget increase to $1.846 billion -- its best budget in more than ten years.
Our machine is the envy of the world. And yet, while other nations, such as China, are working furiously to develop their own Miracle Machines, we’ve been neglecting ours. Though historically a bipartisan priority, science and technology funding has steadily eroded over the past decade. One example among many: Adjusted for inflation, the budget for the National Institutes of Health, the federal medical research agency, has fallen since 2003 by nearly 25 percent .
The fund comes as President Donald Trump has made bringing back manufacturing jobs a big part of his agenda, and it fits into Apple's larger effort to create jobs across its spectrum, from its own employees to app developers to its suppliers. As advanced manufacturing jobs are in high demand in the U.S., the sector was already high on Apple's list of priorities, and Cook hopes the investment will spur even more job creation.