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Media Advisory 12-007

Science Means Innovation

How basic research discoveries underpin technological advances in the marketplace

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A component from the modular robot developed by NSF SBIR grantee Barobo, Inc.

March 20, 2012

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Coalition for National Science Funding are hosting a Congressional Luncheon Briefing presented in conjunction with the Congressional Research and Development Caucus and its Co-Chairs Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Judy Biggert (R-IL) with special guest Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL).

The briefing will highlight how NSF leverages fundamental science and engineering innovation with private-sector partnerships to strengthen our national innovation ecosystem. NSF funding transforms basic research into science and engineering knowledge, which feeds industrially relevant research, technological commercialization, economic growth and the creation of high-quality jobs.

Lunch will be provided first come, first served, for this widely attended event and space is limited.  RSVP by email to the American Mathematical Society by March 27 or by calling (202) 588-1100.

Who:Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation
Thomas Peterson, Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation
Sam Rankin, Associate Executive Director, American Mathematical Society
Charles Wessner, Director, Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, National Academy of Sciences
Richard Haber, Director, Ceramics, Composites, and Optical Materials Center, Rutgers University
Neil Kane, President, Illinois Partners Executive Services
Steve Spoonamore, President, ABSMaterials, Inc.

What:Science Means Innovation, an R&D Caucus Luncheon Briefing

When:Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:2325 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2022 budget of $8.8 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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