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  • NIH Announces $40M in Research Funding Opportunities to Advance the Administration's BRAIN Initiative

    Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it is releasing solicitations that will provide $40 million in research funding to advance the Administration’s BRAIN Initiative, which President Obama unveiled on April 2, 2013, and which seeks to give “scientists the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action and better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember.”


  • Games that Can Change the World

    Computers and computer science are becoming ever more important to the future careers of today’s students. That’s one reason OSTP is interested in exploring the use of “games for impact” to address important societal challenges and opportunities—including in the realm of education. Games for impact are designed to be at once entertaining and engaging, and also something more: educational, enlightening, and perhaps even designed to motivate action.


  • Answering the Call on Cell Phone Unlocking

    Today, with the support of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the nation’s largest wireless carriers announced they will abide by a new series of voluntary “unlocking principles” to help bring some relief to consumers in the next few months.


  • Continuing to Build Smart Policies for Spectrum Sharing

    Finding ways to use wireless spectrum more efficiently is a critical part of President Obama’s ambitious strategy for expanding the availability of spectrum for innovative and flexible commercial uses, including for broadband services, to drive innovation, expand consumer services, and create jobs. It is absolutely essential to continue enhancing collaboration and information sharing between Federal agencies and private-sector wireless technology companies.


  • Computer Science is for Everyone!

    This week, we’re celebrating Computer Science Education Week (CS Ed Week), which highlights the importance of computer science in our education system. To recognize CS Ed Week this year, we encourage everyone to participate in the Hour of Code. It’s an easy way for anyone to learn computer science and see that it’s fun, creative, and challenging.


  • Open Data Round Up

    Responding to the President's May 9, 2013, Executive Order on Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, more than a dozen agencies have launched webpages at agency.gov/data, making it easier for the public to find, understand, and use government data.


  • "Don’t Just Play on Your Phone, Program It"

    This week is Computer Science Education Week, or “CSEdWeek,” an annual campaign highlighting the importance of learning computer science.


  • The United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan

    The Obama Administration released the second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, announcing 23 new or expanded open-government commitments that will advance these efforts even further. Highlights of the second National Action Plan included 'We the People," Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Modernization, The Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), Open Data to the Public and Participatory Budgeting.


  • Expanded “Green Button” Will Reach Federal Agencies and More American Energy Consumers

    Today, President Obama issued a memorandum directing Federal agencies to redouble efforts to use renewable energy and manage their energy usage more efficiently and effectively. In addition to setting an ambitious new target for Federal agencies to increase their consumption of renewable energy to 20% of their total use by 2020, the memorandum instructs agencies to incorporate the “Green Button” data standard into their energy management practices.


  • $25 Million NIST Award Represents Major Milestone for the Materials Genome Initiative

    Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today an award of $25 million over five years to a Chicago-based consortium that will build a new center of excellence in advanced materials research. The new Center for Hierarchical Materials Design will support the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI).


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