Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

February 8, 2016

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office


The President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request releases on February 9th. Several innovation and educational priorities are expected: clean energy and transportation research, computer science education, the “Moonshot to Cure Cancer,” and agriculture research. (Source: White House)


The OECD released data on R&D funding by nations. Two thirds of countries’ analyzed have decreased their Gross Domestic Expenditures on R&D. China’s R&D continues to surge compared to the U.S. and Europe. (Source: OECD)


The Food and Drug Administration approved more drugs in 2015 than any year since 1996. Sixty percent of those drugs benefited from expedited review. (Source: Chemical and Engineering News)

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