Monthly Archives: February 2013

S&E Research Space at Academic Institutions, by State and Institutional Control, FY11

The National Science Foundation released its 2011 survey of science and
engineering research space at academic institutions that spend $1 million or
more in research and development. The total research space in U.S. academic
research institutions clocks in at over 200 million square feet with
approximately three-quarters of the total space at public institutions and the
remaining at private institutions. Biological and biomedical research space
accounts for 27% of total square footage, the greatest among all fields, the
next being engineering at 16%. Mathematics and statistics, computer and
information sciences, psychology and social sciences each account for 3% or less
of the total square footage.

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MIT report identifies keys to new American innovation

What kinds of industrial production can bring innovation to the American economy? An intensive, long-term study by a group of MIT scholars suggests that a renewed commitment to research and development in manufacturing, sometimes through creative new forms of collaboration, can spur innovation and growth in the United States as a whole.

The findings are outlined in the preview of a report issued by a special MIT commission on innovation, called Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE). Among the approaches the report recommends are new forms of collaboration and risk-sharing — often through public-private partnerships or industry-university agreements — that can enable a wide variety of firms and industries to grow.

Read the entire article here.

ARPA-E Announces Projects Have Attracted over $450 Million in Private Sector Funding

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E) on February 26 announced that ARPA-E projects have demonstrated major technical successes and shown significant market engagement in the four years since the agency began catalyzing energy breakthrough technologies. Overall, 17 projects have attracted over $450 million in private sector follow-on funding after ARPA-E’s initial investment of approximately $70 million, 12 have leveraged their technologies to form new companies, and more than ten have partnered with other government agencies for later stage investment. The innovations include improved batteries, electric vehicle motors, solar thermochemical fuel production, and wind turbines among a range of technologies.

Building on President Obama’s call in his 2013 State of the Union address to further American energy independence through innovation, key thought leaders from academia, business, and government are coming together this week to discuss cutting-edge energy issues at ARPA-E’s fourth annual Energy Innovation Summit in National Harbor, Maryland. See the Energy Department.

Read the entire press release here.

Recent Developments Regarding FY 2013 Funding

There are three recent developments regarding  federal funding for the remainder of this fiscal year.  House Republicans appear poised to bring a  bill to the floor next week to provide flat funding for the rest of this fiscal  year.  The Office of Management and  Budget has prepared a list of recommended funding adjustments in this  legislation.  National Science Foundation  Director Subra Suresh issued a notice today about how the foundation will prioritize  funding following an expected 5 percent reduction that will automatically occur  in the agency’s budget on Friday.

Continued Funding for the Rest of FY 2013:

Funding for the first six months of FY 2013 was  provided through a legislative mechanism called a continuing resolution when it  became clear last fall that appropriations bills would not be enacted by  October 1.  This six-month bill expires  on March 27.

A senior member of the House leadership, House  Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced yesterday that the House of  Representatives will consider a bill next week to provide flat funding – the FY  2012 level – for the remainder of this fiscal year.

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USPTO and EPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today
announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
system, a global classification system for patent documents.

An ambitious harmonization effort, CPC is the product of a joint partnership between the
USPTO and the EPO to develop a common, internationally compatible classification
system for technical documents used in the patent granting process that
incorporates the best classification practices from both offices. It will be
used by the USPTO and more than 45 patent offices – a user community totaling
more than 20,000 patent examiners – all sharing the same classifications helping
to establish the CPC as an international standard.

“Today’s formal launch
of CPC is a tremendous accomplishment, representing the collaborative efforts of
both offices to create a bilateral classification system that will result in
significant benefits to the global innovation community” said Under Secretary of
Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “CPC
will foster patent harmonization efforts by enhancing our ability to leverage
and use work through an integrated network of intellectual property

Read the entire press release here.