Federal Research Funding Up in FY 2015; But Total R&D Funding Falls by 1 Percent
Washington, DC – Federal funding for research and development (R&D) and R&D plant (facilities and fixed equipment) totaled $131.4 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, a 1 percent decrease from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). NCSES reported that within the R&D total, research obligations – a category of transactions including orders placed, contracts awarded and services received – increased by 1 percent to $63.6 billion.



Opinion: Rutgers President Robert Barchi: “March for Science and a Better America”
New Brunswick, NJ – On the eve of tomorrow’s March for Science in Washington and around the world, Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi writes in USA Today: “Scientists and other concerned citizens will gather in Washington and hundreds of other cities this weekend to march for science. From astrophysicists, biologists, chemistry teachers and computer science students to lab technicians, surgeons, oceanographers and nurses, these advocates are united not by party or ideology but by a respect for research and the power of evidence-based decision-making…”



Beyond Trump’s Budget: Driving Innovation Requires State and Local Leadership
Philadelphia, PA – When looking at the proposed budget cuts in President Trump’s skinny budget proposal, it is tempting to default to conversations on the ability of the federal government to drive (or stifle) innovation. The budget blueprint recommends cuts in research funding for the National Institutes for Health and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, as well as removes federal programs, such as the Economic Development Administration, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.



Stevens Graduate Student Tao Chen Wins Best Research Award at Catalysis Conference Hoboken, NJ – Tao Chen, a graduate student in Stevens Institute of Technology’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, won the best research presentation award at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York. Hosted by the ExxonMobil Research Center in Clinton, NJ last month, the conference was attended by researchers from academia and from industrial companies from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Deloitte Report: Driving Medical Innovation Through Biopharmaceutical Collaboration
Washington, DC – Emma Van Hook, a director of Policy & Research at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), reports that a new report from Deloitte examines the changing landscape of biopharmaceutical research, as stakeholders across the research and development (R&D) ecosystem are increasingly coming together to tackle sciences’ most vexing health challenges. The new research illustrates there has been a significant shift in recent years from traditional, asset-based or transactional agreements to more open, collaborative approaches for conducting biopharmaceutical research.
Opinion: FDU President Christopher A. Capuano: ‘How to Stop New Jersey’s Brain Drain’ Madison, NJ – Fairleigh Dickinson University President Christopher A. Capuano, Ph.D., published the following op-ed in The Star-Ledger on April 14: “For decades, New Jersey has been one of the highest exporters of college students. Students go to college in other states for lots of reasons. One reason is that New Jersey is a small state and many choices are located within close proximity to its borders – in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Delaware…”


Rowan College at Burlington County Student Anna Wilson Earns Top Female Student in Statewide Mathematics Competition  Mount Laurel, NJ – A Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) student recently earned distinction as the Top Female Student in a statewide mathematics competition featuring top math students from two- and four-year colleges in the region. Anna Wilson, 18, of Shamong, tied for ninth place overall out of 77 students, making her the first RCBC student to place in the Top 10 at the New Jersey Undergraduate Mathematics Competition, which also earned her a tie for the Top Female Student at the competition.




Upcoming Events

NJ Tech Council Internet of Things Conference
When: April 26, 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken

Hunterdon County’s Hackathon
When: Apr 28 – 29, 2017
Where: Feed Mill Station in Flemington

Chemistry Council of NJ 33rd Annual Spring Conference
When: May 1 – 2, 2017
Where: 401 South New York Road, Galloway

Stevens Innovation Expo 2017
When: Wed, May 3, 1pm – 9pm
Where: Stevens Institute of Technology, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken

BioNJ’s 5th Annual Human Resources Conference
When: Wed, May 10, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Where: Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship/Kean University, Union

Princeton Research Day 2017
When: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Where: Princeton University, Princeton