SSTI Digest

Geography: International

China Makes 15-year, $180B Commitment toward Renewable Energy

In China, leaders of the rapidly growing nation dogged by soaring energy needs and unrelenting pollution problems made a commitment to double the nation’s use of renewable energy resources within the next 15 years.

Amid Criticism, Industry Canada Transforms Focus of Technologies Program

To support innovation and technology with increased accessibility for small-and medium-sized firms, Canada's Minister of Industry, David Emerson, announced a new program that will replace Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC).

Finding Solutions to Cracks in the Basement

If the innovation powerhouse that represents the U.S. economy for the past century were a cinder block foundation of a house, then China and India would present two of the more significant cracks. These two great nations may grab the headlines, but the improved innovation and research capacities of any country provide new challenges for continued U.S. domination of the world's economy. As this week's article on the Czech Republic and Singapore reveals, these are just two more blocks in the U.S. wall to show stress fractures.

Czech Republic, Singapore to Double R&D Investments

While the U.S. commitment to science is threatened by flattening federal R&D investments, two more countries demonstrate their shared belief that the way to economic prosperity is through science and innovation.

Recent Research:The Economic Compass Points Back to the Core

Should policymakers focus on urban core centers as keys to economic growth or seek greater economic equity in the less developed periphery? A new study on regional policy and economic geography suggest policies should be directed toward core growth.

France Doubles Funding for R&D and Industrial Innovation

The U.S. can watch as another country significantly expands its investments in innovation. This time it's France, as newly appointed Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin last month announced that the national government will double its funding from 500 million to 1 billion for the Industrial Innovation Agency (IIA), and give 350 million to the National Research Agency (ANR).

Recent Research: Did Policies Alter French BioTech Landscape?

A study suggests policies enacted in 1999 to encourage cooperative research, establish tech transfer structures and provide venture capital contributed to a dramatic shift in the biotech topography in France. In “Start-ups, firm growth and the consolidation of the French biotech industry,” authors Eric Avenel, Frederic Corolleur, Caroline Gauthier, and Carole Rieu compiled an original dataset on biotech firms to test several growth models on the French landscape.

Ship Out to Shape Up: Pakistan Sending 15,000 Students Abroad

While many regions, states and countries are lamenting a drain of talent from their area, the Pakistan Higher Education Commission is taking an opposite strategy to strengthen the nation's science and research capacity: sending up to 15,000 of its brightest students to study selected disciplines abroad through its Foreign Ph.D. Scholarship Program.

China's Goal: Quadruple GDP by 2020

In the opening ceremony of the 2005 FORTUNE Global Forum, held in Beijing on May 16, Chinese President Hu Jintao broadly outlined the course his country is taking to reach a goal of quadrupling its 2000 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the year 2020. Science, technology and innovation figure prominently in the strategy.

Ontario Launches Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Recognizing the economic benefits of engaging young people in science and technology, Ontario's McGuinty government recently launched the Youth Science and Technology Outreach Program. The new program links high school students with researchers to support in-depth mentorship experience and postsecondary career advice.

Recent Research: Tax Credits Are Good for Companies, But Do They Make Good Policy?

Do tax credits pave the way for more investment in R&D and equity investments in new enterprises? Or, do they reward companies and venture capitalists for investments they would have made anyway?

Recent Research: Will Operating Costs Drive Future Biotech Location Decisions?

There are several factors that go into location decisions for biomedical firms. Proximity to strong university research capacity, other biotech businesses, and technically competent workers are all important considerations. With the financial investments many states and localities are making toward the life sciences, however, the field of prospective locations for successfully launching a biotech firm has grown considerably larger than the "usual suspects."