The United States Department of Education has awarded $20.1 million in grants through the Strengthening Institutions Program, a competitive grant designed to help colleges and universities improve their ability to serve low-income students.
New data reveal that annual federal funding for research has dropped 9 percent in the post-stimulus era, losing about $6 billion after 2010, with no overall improvement expected at least through 2013.
The University of Oregon has been awarded $1.6 million in federal funds to operate the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, an organization that supports children with disabilities.
NASA will award 10 one-year grants worth approximately $250,000 each for the "study of innovative, early stage space technologies that address high priority technical needs America's space program must master to enable future missions," according to an agency news release.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have received a $748,000 grant to develop methods for improving the Web and cloud applications for people with disabilities.
The United States Army has decided that investing millions of dollars into research that examines why an outage in the power grid might cause failures in gas distribution several states over or how a malicious tweet could bring down an entire stock market system is worthwhile. The focus: to better understand behaviors of collective phenomena in complex systems — networks — and figure out how they can be controlled.
The United States Department of Education has awarded more than $2.7 million in grants to 10 colleges and universities under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.
Harvard University will lead a new multi-institutional center for the study of quantum materials for computing. The center will also support an affiliated college network whose aim is to attract students from traditionally underrepresented groups into STEM careers.
A grant-funded network initiative at Rice University will be researching development of high-performance, low-power, optical networking devices and programmable packet switches at the same time it provides a new way for researchers on campus to manage the piles of data they're generating in their projects.
The United States Department of Education is seeking comment on its efforts to create a rating system for colleges and universities.