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NIST Announces Plan to Sponsor First Cybersecurity FFRDC

To help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) address industry’s needs most efficiently, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced its intention to sponsor its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).

The FFRDC mechanism will allow a nonprofit organization to support the NCCoE, which was established in partnership with the state of Maryland and Montgomery County in February 2012. Today’s announcement in the Federal Register* is the first of three required, and will be followed by a solicitation for proposals to manage the FFRDC in the fall of 2013. This will be the first FFRDC solely dedicated to enhancing the security of the nation’s information systems.

The NCCoE is a public-private collaboration that helps businesses secure their data and digital infrastructure by bringing together experts from industry, government and academia to find practical solutions for today’s most pressing cybersecurity needs. Last week, the center announced formal partnerships with 11 private industries.**

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Review of President’s Budget Request

Centurion Research Solutions analyzed the President’s budget request and identified key areas for agencies interested in pursuing federal government contracts, e.g. VA, Cybersecurity, and Healthcare IT.

Watch the short video here.

You can access the fiscal year 2014 Presidential budget request here.

If you are an ASU staff or faculty member interested in a copy of the Centurion report you can request one from or log in to Centurion and request a copy.

Will Business Step In to End a Sequester-Driven Research Funding Gap?

By now we’re all painfully aware of the federal government’s across-the-board cutbacks on discretionary spending–better known as the sequester–and how it has imperiled publicly funded scientific research in the U.S. The only thing less clear than the sequester’s long-term impact on academia, industry and the economy is how to end its austerity measures, which could last through 2021.


A group of science and technology pundits on Tuesday posited some potential approaches to overcoming the sequester during a teleconference hosted by the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET). Based on their suggestions, however, we’ll be living with the current budget cuts for some time.

A predominant question is how to make up for shortfalls in funding for early stage research. Industry, which has long benefitted from publicly funded research, could be encouraged to make up for the government’s lack of early stage funding by investing more in the R&D it ultimately uses to sell its products, C-PET president Nigel Cameron noted during Tuesday’s teleconference. Apple, which ended its most recent earnings period with $145 billion in cash, “is sitting on more money than the federal government spends on all of its discretionary R&D combined,” Cameron added. In essence, industry could, for a time, begin to freight the bill for earlier stages of the R&D process, not necessarily a significant burden as most investment occurs later on when bringing products to market.

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New Coalition Established to Increase Science Giving

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced the creation of a coalition of funders that aims to double philanthropic support for basic science over the next ten years.

The seven members of the group — the Kavli, Gordon and Betty Moore, Alfred P. Sloan, W.M. Keck, and Simons foundations, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement — seek to boost to $8 billion the amount given annually by philanthropic organizations ($4 billion) and individual donors ($4 billion) in support of basis scientific research, USA Today reports.

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Investing In Science To Focus On Innovation

The acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering said that to meet the Defense Department’s 21st century security objectives, its science and technology funding will focus on innovation and industry.

CybersecurityIn remarks at the National Defense Industrial Association’s 14th annual science and engineering technology conference, Alan Shaffer said mitigation, affordability and surprise technology lay the foundation for the DOD’s science and technology commitments.

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