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Research and Development

Will Brexit Put an End to the UK's Access to €79bn of EU Grant Funding?

Laiza King | Posted 07.26.2016 | World
Laiza King

Horizon 2020, the EU's largest Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) - in addition to the private investment that this money will attract- promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market and helping Europeans to explore their creativity and ingenuity.

UC Must Make Good on Commitment to Fix Gender Equity Policies

Neal Sweeney | Posted 06.13.2016 | Science
Neal Sweeney

The University of California has a timely opportunity to add to its reputation as a world-class and forward-thinking institution. Last week, UC repres...

Why it's time African researchers stopped working in silos

The Conversation Africa | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Thomas Kariuki, African Academy of Sciences Seven years ago Bassirou Bonfoh, the director of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifique in Cote d'I...

For High-Growth Firms, Cash Is Still King

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Emad Rizkalla

When people find out that Bluedrop is a "high-growth firm", they are often impressed. I am guessing they feel that the company has "arrived" and that ...

How Africa can close its continent-wide science funding gap

The Conversation Africa | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Kevin Marsh, University of Oxford The idea that Africa's development depends critically on science, technology and innovation is embodied in the Afri...

5 Myths About Life Science Innovation in the United States

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Policymakers should reject the false choice between public-sector leadership and private-sector leadership. America leads the world because its system maximizes the strengths of both.

Theory Is Not Enough

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.20.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Readers of this blog are aware that I am enthusiastic about the EDGAR definitions of "strong" and "moderate" evidence of effectiveness for educational programs. However, EDGAR also has two categories below "moderate."

R&D That Makes a Difference

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Over the course of my career, I've written a lot of proposals. I've also reviewed a lot, and mostly, I've seen many funded projects crash and burn, or produce a scholarly article or two that are never heard of again.

Why Manufacturing Companies Must Embrace Disruptive Change to Survive

Zvonimir Mršić | Posted 08.27.2016 | Business
Zvonimir Mršić

As always, change is difficult but sometimes necessary. When it comes to the manufacturing sector and other traditional industries, embracing disruptive changes through new partnerships with start-ups may be the most exciting development in decades.

Platform for Presidential Candidates: Disease Prevention and Healthy Living

Linda P. Fried | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The next Administration will face a much greater challenge: Ensuring that Americans live longer lives in good health. If they don't, the cost to the nation will be astronomical, given heavy reliance on Medicare for older Americans and the sad fact that Americans younger than 50 are sicker than people in other wealthy nations.

Making Evidence Primary for Secondary Readers

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.11.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Striving Readers was a serious, well-meaning attempt to solve a very important problem faced by far too many secondary students: difficulties with reading. But next time anyone thinks of doing something on that scale, I hope they will provide preference points in the application process for applicants who propose to use approaches with solid evidence of effectiveness.

Happy 50th Birthday, Head Start!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of all the Great Society programs, Head Start is perhaps the most popular. It provides center-based services to millions of very cute 3- and 4-year-olds, mostly children from disadvantaged families. If members of the public, educators, and policy makers know a single conclusion from educational research, it is that early-childhood programs have long-term positive impacts.

Give a Man a Fish...

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has announced it is setting up a new Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation division in Washington. Its purpose will be to encourage policy makers to utilize evidence and data in their decision making. But not just encourage. According to the press release, it wants evidence and data to be "the primary factor" in policy makers' decisions.

When Will We Reach Our 1962 Moment in Education?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

To reach our 1962 moment will require sustained investment in development, evaluation, and scale-up of proven programs in all subjects and grade levels, and a change of policies to encourage the use of proven programs. I hope our 1962 moment is coming soon. To bring it closer, we have a lot of work to do, in innovation, evaluation, policy, and practice.

One Small Step for Washington, One Giant Leap for Children

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

At one of the most divisive political moments in our nation's history, in a piece of legislation that itself is controversial and has failed to be reauthorized despite numerous attempts over the past six years, a bipartisan amendment providing for education innovation and research sailed through a Senate committee.

The Role of Research in Limited Government

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Just as Jeb Bush and others in his party seem to be recognizing that research and development are among the few education-related activities that should remain at the federal level, the Republican-controlled Congress is proposing to eliminate the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and cut back other federal investments in research and development.

Protect Inventors or Take Down Trolls? Patent Reform with Senator John Cornyn, CEO Innovestion, and Rackspace

Maya Horgan | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Maya Horgan

Senator John Cornyn, Rackspace, and CEO-General Council Kevin Fiur share their insights on a few impending policies that will liberate the entrepreneur... or facilitate idea stealing.

Innovation Is Not an "Extender"

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Hiding behind the price tag is budget gimmickry at best. If those tax provisions were spending programs, most would be automatically extended without the need to "pay for" them.

World's Most Innovative Companies

Christopher King | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Christopher King

Asia declares a new primacy on the list, particularly with Japanese firms and, perhaps most notable of all, the first China-based company to make the annual ranking. Concurrently, some traditional powers, including the United States and France, have ceded representation among the Top 100.

Research and Innovation: The U.S. Risks Getting Left Behind

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

"Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and...

Seven Reasons Congress Must Reauthorize America COMPETES

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Innovation -- the process of introducing new products, services, and processes to the marketplace -- is critical to economic competitiveness.

Sam Stein

The Scientific Research Community Is Still Freaking Out About Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Months after Congress restored some of the deep spending cuts it had made to scientific research budgets, scientists are warning that th...

10 Global Research And Development Projects Changing Arts & Culture

Guardian Professional | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts

Research and Development (R&D) projects can provide arts organisations with a robust framework that brings arts, technology and rigorous research toge...

US Biomedical Research: We Must Reverse a Decade of Neglect

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

As an HIV physician, I began my career early in the AIDS epidemic. I held my patients' hands as they cried when receiving their diagnosis. And when protease inhibitors were licensed and "triple therapy" became the norm, I could help patients plan how they would live, rather than how they would die.

Cybersecurity Industry Interview With Xerox's Chuck Brooks

Brian E. Finch | Posted 01.21.2014 | Technology
Brian E. Finch

"The cyber threat reaches far beyond Al Qaeda, and includes various criminal enterprises and adversarial nation states. As the sophistication of the threats grows, we must be able to continually counteract them."