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Essay on the need for academics to establish close ties to program officers

Russ Olwell writes that academics working on grants -- proposed or awarded -- need to remember what they tell students about how there are no dumb questions.


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Study documents the impact of federal research support

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Study finds that, in chemistry, institutions that receive more federal support produce more papers and receive more citations.

Senate panel OKs NIH funding boost, increase to Pell Grant

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National Institutes of Health would see increase of more than 4 percent next year under a Senate budget measure drafted Tuesday. The maximum Pell award would also grow.

New book on STEM workforce needs and international competitiveness finds no evidence of crisis

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A new book challenges the conventional notion that the U.S. is producing too few science and engineering graduates to meet its workforce needs and remain globally competitive. 

Budget negotiators reach deal that would increase NIH spending, Pell Grant award

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Congressional negotiators reach agreement to boost spending on NIH and student aid, though deal does not restore all of the sequester cuts.

Budget deal expected to alleviate automatic cuts to scientific research

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Advocates for higher education say Tuesday's accord would largely alleviate cuts to research funding and campus-based student aid programs.

House withdraws vote on 'science laureate' amid conservative objections

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A bipartisan effort to create a national position of "science laureate" stalls after criticism from a conservative group.

Obama authorizes federal research on gun violence

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Obama ends de facto ban on studies supported by the CDC and other federal agencies. Many crime scholars pushed for this move.

Australia plans to shift from measuring quality alone to impact of research

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Australian government plans to shift from measuring the quality of publicly funded studies alone to gauging their social, economic and environmental impact, too.

Spending on academic research rose 6.9% in 2011

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University spending on R&D rose by 6.9 percent in 2011, driven mostly by funds from federal stimulus. With budget cuts in offing, figures may represent a peak.


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