• Watch SSTI's Webinar on EDA Regional Innovation Grants

    SSTI recently hosted two webinars with EDA to discuss the new Regional Innovation Grant program. Watch the webinar online or download the slides to learn more about the program, as well as the application and selection process.
  • Oklahoma City Selected to Host SSTI 2015 Annual Conference

    SSTI is proud to announce that Oklahoma City has been selected to host the 2015 Annual Conference, October 26-28, 2015, at the Cox Convention Center.
  • Access the SSTI Webinar Library

    SSTI’s monthly webinar series, Inspiring Thought, is an affordable way to stay on top of new ideas in encouraging economic growth. Miss a webinar? No problem. Past webinars are now available for purchase.
  • Download SSTI's 2013 TBED Trends Report

    In 2013, a slow yet stable national economic recovery gave rise to many new initiatives across states and regions with a shift toward targeted and refined investments in the high-tech economy for quicker returns.
  • $15M Solicitation for Regional Innovation Released

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has released a $15M solicitation (EDA-HDQ-OIE-2014-2004219) for Regional Innovation Grants via the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program.

CA, MN University Systems Take Different Approaches to Startup Support

September 25, 2014

Within the past month, two of America’s major research universities – the University of California system (first in total R&D expenditures, according to the NSF) and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (eleventh in total R&D expenditures) announced new funds to increase the rate at which their students, faculties, and researchers are able to commercialize their ideas into new businesses.

ISTC Maps Strategy to Expand IL University-Industry Partnerships for Economic Prosperity

September 25, 2014

Building stronger connections between universities and businesses in key industries could help generate new jobs, startups and technologies, according to an S&T roadmap released by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC). ISTC notes that the division between the state’s research universities and companies has limited Illinois’ competitiveness, despite its high overall level of innovative activity.

NSF: Federal Support for Academic Basic Research Remains Steady

September 25, 2014

Federal funding for basic research performed at universities and colleges decreased 0.3% between FY11 and FY12, according to a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Infobrief. In FY12, basic research at universities and colleges accounted for 11.4% of total R&D obligations, and is estimated to increase to 11.8 percent of total R&D obligations in FY13, and to 12.5 percent in FY14.

Academy of Arts & Sciences Outlines Plan to Restore American Research Competitiveness

September 25, 2014

As American spending on research relative to GDP dwindles, the system that generated America’s economic prosperity over the past century has begun to fall apart, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy calls the disintegration of the country’s national innovation system the key threat to American prosperity.

While Entrepreneurship Declines, Freelancing Grows in Popularity Among Millennials

September 25, 2014

“People ages 20 to 34 created 22.7 percent of all new companies in last year [2013], down from 34.8 percent in 1996,” according to an article from Walter Hamilton of the LA Times. In the article, Hamilton contends that the “image of the U.S.

NSF Launches Competitions for Community College Students to Provide Solutions for Real World Problems

September 24, 2014

The National Science Foundation (NSF) launched Community College Innovation Challenge – a Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)-focused competition for teams comprised of up to five community college students, a faculty mentor, and a community/industry partner. Teams should propose innovative STEM-based solutions for real world problems within one of the five themes: big data; infrastructure security; sustainability; broadening participation in STEM; and, improving STEM education.