Two White House offices issued guidance to federal agencies today in formulating their FY2019 budget requests on the Trump Administration’s research and development (R&D) priorities. Civil space activities are not on the list, but military space systems are briefly mentioned.
Color Genomics, a start-up that sells genetic tests to assess cancer and other health risks, just raised an additional $80 million from a slew of high-profile investors. That brings its total financing to $150 million, making it one of the most well-funded health-technology companies in Silicon Valley.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $4.8 million for 10 new projects that will pilot, test and validate innovative and potentially transformative ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in graduate education.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) made 19 awards to cross-disciplinary teams from across the United States to conduct innovative research focused on neural and cognitive systems. Each award provides a research team with up to $1 million over two to four years.
NIH awarded $24.6 billion in funds to the 50 states and the District of Columbia during 2016, a 4.5 percent increase from 2012, and a 6.4 percent increase from 2007. Of the total amount awarded in 2016, roughly two-thirds (66.1 percent) went to the top 10 states. This share is slightly lower than the 66.7 percent going to the top 10 states in 2012 and the 66.3 percent going to the top 10 states in 2007.
Lawmakers in North Carolina have allocated funding towards scholarships for up to 160 college students who commit to teaching a STEM subject or special education within the state.
China sees artificial intelligence dominating our future, and it's willing to bet $150 billion to make sure it doesn't get left behind. The Chinese government on Friday announced a major push into the field of artificial intelligence, declaring it would create a $150 billion domestic AI industry by 2030.
For the last few years, we’ve been able to frame NASA’s research and exploration with the goal of reaching Mars. The agency has been saying it wanted to land a human on the red planet in the 2030s, but now that’s looking less likely. William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration, has noted that NASA simply doesn’t have the money to make a Mars landing happen.
In NASA’s science account, planetary science emerges as a big winner, with the report allocating $2.12 billion, a record level. That amount is $191 million above the White House request and $275 million above what Congress provided in 2017. Some of that additional funding will go to missions to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, thought to have a subsurface ocean of liquid water that could sustain life.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education has well over 99 problems--but, for now at least, a lack of funding isn't one. 100Kin10, the national nonprofit seeking to recruit, prepare, and support 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021, has mapped out over 100 "grand challenges" facing STEM education. And today, the organization announced that Google, Chevron, and other funders have committed over $28 million to help.