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2014 Global R&D Funding Forecast

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There has never been a better time to be in brain research than the present. Money is pouring in: there is the €1 billion Human Brain Project in the European Union (EU), the U.S. BRAIN initiative that plans to start with US$100 million just for 2014, and sprawling private ventures such as GlaxoSmithKline’s electroceutical program, which plans to invest US$50 million into neurotech startups and support brain circuits research in up to 20 laboratories worldwide.


U.S. tops the list, but China is closing in:

The ranking of the top ten countries as measured by R&D spending isn’t expected to change in 2014, with the U.S. reprising its role as the dominant force in global research across numerous industries. U.S. federal spending on R&D, a large contributor to R&D momentum in the U.S., is in turmoil because of enormous pressures to pare federal spending, especially defense and aerospace budgets. The growth in China’s R&D budgets will far outpace those of the U.S., which has resumed modest growth that is expected to be relatively stable through 2020. At the current rates of growth and investment, China’s total funding of R&D is expected to surpass that of the U.S. by about 2022.

Who is spending the big money:

In 2014, ten countries will spend about 80% of the total $1.6 trillion invested on R&D around the world; the combined investments by the U.S., China and Japan will account for more than half of the total. Together, the U.S., China, Japan and Europe account for about 78% of 2014’s $1.6 trillion total.
How major U.S. industries will invest:

For 2014, we project declines in defense and aerospace R&D, increases in energy-related research, increases in life science research and development, strong growth in information technology research investment and growth in R&D budgets for chemicals and advanced materials.
Key research investment trends around the globe:

Given the current, weak economic environment in Europe, large increases in R&D investments are not expected for the next several years. Emphasis by Southeast Asian countries on economic growth through increased R&D investments is likely to continue through the end of the decade. Significant R&D investments by western countries in long-range technology platforms like robotics, high-performance computing, social media, software, cost-effective energy sources and nanobiotechnology could stimulate rapid industry-scale economic growth.

The research standouts in the “Rest of the World”:

The “Rest of the World” countries are expected to undergo moderate growth in R&D investment in 2014, with leadership from countries like South Korea, Russia and Taiwan. Most Middle East countries will experience strong GDP growth in 2014, but are constrained by weak R&D infrastructure—with exceptions such as Israel and Qatar. Africa is expected to see strong GDP growth, but is also limited by under-developed R&D capabilities—with the exception of South Africa. Strong GDP growth is expected in South America, but this region also lags in R&D capacity—even Brazil appears to be under-performing expectations.

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NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showcases a demo of Face Works technology running on the GeForce GTX TITAN GPU.  It includes a must be seen to be believed, amazingly realistic simulation of a face in this second segment of the opening day keynote at GTC 2013.


Activision R&D Real-time Character Demo


The secret sauce is Energy Density

“Current lithium ion batteries deliver an energy density of around 100 to 150 watt-hours per kilogram, while Envia’s battery can deliver 2.5 times that energy with about the same weight as the current electric cars that have hit the market.”

Energy density is how much energy a battery can store and provide for the car with a given battery size — the more energy dense the battery, the less volume and weight is needed. For electric cars it is particularly important to have a high energy dense battery because electric cars need to be as light weight as possible (any extra weight just drains the battery faster), and batteries that are smaller and use less materials can also be lower in cost.”

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Lithium Air: IBM’s quest for the super-battery

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China continues to dominate R&D investment growth over all other countries, including many of those in Asia according to a forecast by Battelle magazine. China is set to overtake Japan as the second-largest spender on R&D this year with total expenditure of $153.7 billion compared to its neighbor’s $144.1 billion.

China’s double digit growth in R&D investments tracks its economic growth. Few expect this high rate of growth to slow in the near future, and some suggest that it actually may accelerate.


Gordon Battelle was born in Covington, Kentucky, to Colonel John Gordon Battelle and Annie Maude Norton. He died at the age of 40 following an appendectomy at a Columbus, Ohio hospital. In his will, he left the bulk of his estate, about $1.6 million, to the establishment of Battelle Memorial Institute. His father, John Gordon Battelle, was a pioneer in the steel industry and former owner of Columbus Iron & Steel Co. He died in 1918. Battelle’s mother, Annie Maude Norton Battelle, was a suffragette. She married Battelle’s father in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1881. They moved to the Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Piqua and finally settled in Columbus, Ohio, in 1905. Annie Maude Norton Battelle died in March 1929. As the only son of John and Annie Battelle, Gordon was trained to inherit and manage his father’s holdings in the steel industry.

Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle) is a 501(c)(3) charitable trust headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Our 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide are dedicated to scientific, educational, technology and community endeavors and investments for a safer, healthier, and more productive tomorrow.


We’re committed to using science and technology as a positive force for change, delivering innovations that enhance people’s lives while helping solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Through contract R&D, managing the world’s leading national laboratories, and giving back to communities, Battelle seeks to create greater value for its customers, the nation, and the world.

Battelle manages or co-manages seven national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a nuclear energy lab in the United Kingdom.

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Dr. Hockfield states under this budget we will never innovate our way out of energy dependence with a federal R&D budget in energy of 2% of the total R&D budget, compared to pharmaceutical firms who invest 18% of revenue and semiconductor firms that invest 16% of revenue…

U.S. researchers develop cheaper hydrogen fuel cells

“WASHINGTON, April 21 (Xinhua) — U.S. researchers have developed a way to avoid the use of expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells, the environmentally friendly devices that might replace current power sources in everything from personal data devices to automobiles, according to a paper to be published Friday in journal Science.

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Gang Wu, Christina Johnston, and Piotr Zelenay, joined by researcher Karren More of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, describe the use of a platinum-free catalyst in the cathode of a hydrogen fuel cell. Eliminating platinum — a precious metal more expensive than gold — would solve a significant economic challenge that has thwarted widespread use of large-scale hydrogen fuel cell systems.

Polymer-electrolyte hydrogen fuel cells convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. The cells can be enlarged and combined in series for high-power applications, including automobiles. Under optimal conditions, the hydrogen fuel cell produces water as a ” waste” product and does not emit greenhouse gasses.”
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Investing in the Future: R & D Needs to Meet America’s Energy and Climate Challenges

WITNESSES: Dr. Susan Hockfield, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Stephen Forrest, Vice President of Research, University of Michigan; Dr. Jack Fellows, Vice President, University Corporation on Atmospheric Research; Dr. Daniel Kammen, Professor, UC-Berkley. Video provided by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

– Peter F. Drucker


“In 1996, the first year of the analysis, the US published 292,513 papers – more than 10 times China’s 25,474.

By 2008, the US total had increased very slightly to 316,317 while China’s had surged more than seven-fold to 184,080.

Previous estimates for the rate of expansion of Chinese science had suggested that China might overtake the US sometime after 2020.

But this study shows that China, after displacing the UK as the world’s second leading producer of research, could go on to overtake America in as little as two years’ time.”

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September 15, 2010
Shaping the Future

Join a conversation about new ideas, principles and technologies at the cusp of reshaping businesses and industries and meet this year’s class of Technology Pioneers.

· Lee Kai-Fu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Works, People’s Republic of China; Global Agenda Council on Innovation
· Richard T. Pascale, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
· C. Otto Scharmer, , Senior Lecturer, Organization Studies, MIT – Sloan School of Management, USA
· Dov Seidman, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LRN, USA

Chaired by
· Thomas L. Friedman, Columnist, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, USA

Closing Remarks
Closing remarks from the Annual Meeting of the New Champions
· Huang Xingguo, Mayor of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
· André Schneider, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, World Economic Forum