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Federal S&E obligations to universities, colleges fell 2 percent between fiscal years 2014 and 2015

In Fiscal Year 2015, federal agencies obligated $30.5 billion to 1,016 academic institutions for science and engineering activities, a 2 percent decrease in current dollars from the $31.1 billion in obligations to 1,003 academic institutions in FY 2014. These statistics are from the Survey ...

NSF makes new awards for graduate education projects

The National Science Foundation has awarded $4.8 million for 10 new projects that will pilot, test and validate innovative and potentially transformative ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics in graduate education. The awards are part of the NSF Innovations in Graduate ...

10 new awards support ecological research at regional to continental scales

The National Science Foundation has issued 10 new awards, worth a total of $12.2 million, through its MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science program. These awards will support research to help better detect, understand and predict the effects of phenology, climate and land-use changes on ...

NSF funds new multidisciplinary approaches to study the brain

The National Science Foundation made 19 awards to cross-disciplinary teams from across the United States to conduct innovative research focused on neural and cognitive systems. Each award provides a research team with up to $1 million over two to four years. The awards will contribute to NSF's ...

Laser mapping project shows effects of physical changes in Antarctica's Dry Valleys

Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation have publicly released high-resolution maps of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys, a globally unique polar desert. The high-resolution maps cover 3,564 square kilometers of the McMurdo Dry Valleys and allow researchers to compare present-day ...

Extreme melt season leads to decade-long ecosystem changes in Antarctica's Dry Valleys

An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade, new research funded by the National Science Foundation shows. The findings suggest that abrupt, ...

What's killing trees during droughts? Scientists have new answers.

Find related stories on NSF's Macrosystems Biology program and Critical Zone Observatory Sites. As the number of droughts increases globally, scientists are working to develop predictions of how future parched conditions will affect plants, especially trees. New results published today in ... More ...

Rare audio of indigenous languages saved by invention 100 years later

Non-invasive technology allows researchers to transfer recordings from thousands of decaying wax cylinders Full story at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/waxcylinders.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Primary mirror delivered to Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope

The primary mirror for the National Science Foundation Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope -- the heart of this sophisticated instrument -- was successfully delivered Aug. 2 to its destination atop Haleakalā on Maui, Hawaii. When completed in 2020, DKIST will be the world's largest solar ...

NSF EPSCoR awards new projects to help understand connections between genes and organisms' characteristics

The National Science Foundation has made eight awards totaling $41.7 million for projects aimed at building capacity to research a national priority area: understanding the relationship in organisms between genetic material, or genotype, and physical characteristics due to gene expression and ...

NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience

The National Science Foundation has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest challenges: understanding the brain. These projects will support the development of innovative, accessible and shared capabilities and ...

Methane-eating bacteria in lake deep beneath Antarctic ice sheet may reduce greenhouse gas emissions

An interdisciplinary team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation has concluded that bacteria in a lake 800 meters beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may digest methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, preventing its release into the atmosphere. As part of the NSF-funded Whillans Ice ...

NSF-funded supercomputer Stampede2 forges new frontier in advanced computing

The National Science Foundation today realized the initial phase of its $30 million investment to upgrade the nation’s computational research infrastructure through the dedication of Stampede2, one of the most powerful supercomputing systems in the world. Based at the Texas Advanced ...

Solar eclipse science along the path of totality: Eclipse on August 21 offers unique research opportunities

See a video of the press conference at this link. In a briefing today on solar eclipse science, leading U.S. scientists highlighted research projects that will take place across the country ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242561&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an ...

Projected precipitation increases are bad news for water quality

Increased precipitation from a changing climate could pollute U.S. waterways with excess nitrogen, increasing the likelihood of severe water quality impairment from coast to coast, according to a new study by scientists Eva Sinha and Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institution for Science and ...

NSF Research Traineeship program makes 17 new awards

A National Science Foundation program recently awarded 17 projects a total of $51 million to develop and implement bold, new, potentially transformative models for graduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The NSF Research Traineeship program awarded projects ...