Trenton, NJ - Focus NJ today released a new online mapping tool and resource page that provides an interactive database of workforce development programs, initiatives and locations throughout New Jersey. Focus NJ’s Workforce Development Initiatives and Opportunities Resource Page, which features more than 200 unique entries for today’s launch, is designed to provide a dynamic, public resource to promote collaboration and advance training efforts for New Jersey workers.
Trenton, NJ - For researchers exploring commercialization pathways and funding for their innovation, join us for the next special event in the Innovating Together Series hosted by the Northeast I-Corps Hub! If you want to learn more about the NSF I-Corps Hub Northeast Regional Program or have already completed an I-Corps regional program, come learn about how NSF I-Corps and HAX could be a great potential next step for your research team and your innovation. Hear how I-Corps can help you bring your technology closer to solving real-world problems and follow-on funding!
Workforce Development is a Collaborative Effort: Government entities, academic institutions and business groups are working together to provide training solutions for the development of a highly skilled workforce.
Trenton, NJ - According to ANTHONY BIRRITTERI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, "Businesses around the world are facing an employee skills gap. A pre-pandemic McKinsey & Company study on global future workforce needs, published in February 2020, revealed that 9 in 10 executives and managers either already faced a worker skills gap or expected gaps to develop at their organizations within five years. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated the crisis as businesses rushed to implement remote work technologies, requiring employees to acquire new digital skills to accomplish their jobs."
Columbus, OH - According to Emily Chesser, "The recently published, 2022 edition of New America’s annual survey on American perceptions of higher education, Varying Degrees, includes findings that should be of interest – and potential concern – for the TBED community. The report includes updated findings on American perceptions of the value, funding, accountability, and admissions for higher education and perceptions of current financial security. It also reveals significant differences in perceptions of higher education based on respondents’ political affiliations."
Columbus, OH - According to Conor Gowder, "In fiscal year 2021, the nationwide success rate of applicants for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I awards decreased slightly from FY 2020. This continued a downward trend over recent years. The success rate for NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I was nearly 13 percent (647 of 5,132 approved) in FY 2021, a decrease from nearly 14 percent (636 of 4,684 approved) in FY 2020 and from nearly 16 percent for all proposals submitted over the past decade."
Colmbus, OH - According to Emily Schabes, "Entrepreneurs learned more about small business funding opportunities from federal agencies with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs during America’s Seed Fund Week last week. The $4 billion funding program, which is currently up for reauthorization, is celebrating 40 years of providing funding to small businesses each year in a variety of technology areas. Videos, including advice from program managers, and resources from each participating federal agency are available online."
Washington DC - According to MATTHEW DEMBICKI, "The U.S. Labor and Commerce departments have launched a four-month campaign to encourage industries and companies to develop registered apprenticeships in cybersecurity. The 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint will increase awareness of current successful cybersecurity-related registered apprenticeship programs while recruiting employers and industry associations to expand and promote apprenticeships as a way to provide workers with high-quality, earn-as-you-learn training for good-paying cybersecurity jobs, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said last week at the National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit at the White House.
Washington DC - According to Adam Thierer, "Traditional governance mechanisms are being strained by modern technological and political realities. Newer technologies, especially digital ones, are developing at an ever-faster rate and building on top of each other, blurring lines between sectors. Congress has failed to keep up with the quickening pace of technological change. It also continues to delegate most of its constitutional authority to agencies to deal with most policy concerns. But agencies are overwhelmed too. This situation is unlikely to change, creating a governance gap."
Newark, NJ - According to NJ Tech Weekly, "Merck, the pharma company headquartered in Rahway, and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), a division of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark), recently announced that they would collaborate on a 10-month accelerator program. The program, called Merck Digital Sciences Studio (MDSS) is a hands-on accelerator providing mentorship, coaching, training, support, community and investment in digital health and biotech startups. It will take place both in New Jersey at NJIT’s startup incubator and in Cambridge, Mass. at a location to be announced. There are six spots available for startups at each location."
Princeton, NJ - According to Alaina O’Regan, Office of the Dean for Research, Princeton University in NJ Tech Weekly, “I approach the role of Vice Dean for Innovation through the lens of three key objectives: breaking barriers, building bridges, and benefiting society.” Craig B. Arnold, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and director of the Princeton Institute of Materials, looks forward to igniting the spirit of innovation as he begins his new role as Princeton University’s vice dean for innovation.
Washington DC - According to James Pethokoukis, "I would have guessed that the one piece of non-pandemic-related legislation to certainly pass during President Joe Biden’s first term would be something that greatly increased federal science and technology funding. Here’s why: First, there’s a long-term macroeconomic reason for doing so. A US productivity growth downturn that started before the Global Financial Crisis dashed hopes that the IT revolution had permanently shaken the economy from its long-term stagnation — especially innovation-driven productivity growth. (Total factor productivity — the portion of economic growth that reflects advances in production technologies and processes — grew at a healthy 1¾ percent annually during 1996 through 2004 then petered out.) Advances in scientific discovery and innovation are key to pushing forward the technological frontier, sustaining long-term economic growth, and raising living standards."
Newark, NJ - According to Linda Lindner, "McKinsey & Co. on Thursday said it launched a new high-tech learning and innovation facility to support the advancement of cell and gene therapy manufacturing, expanding its global network of Digital Capability Centers. In partnership with the New Jersey Innovation Institute and operated by BioCentriq, McKinsey’s Newark-based facility specializes in innovative manufacturing processes in life sciences. The Digital Capability Center New Jersey will be located on the Newark campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology."
Educating enterprise: N.J.’s universities want smaller companies to know they offer resources firms can’t get on their own — or anywhere else
New Brunswick, NJ - Vincent Smeraglia of Rutgers University expected a packed Piscataway auditorium for late June’s New Jersey Research Cores Partnering Conference, where he anticipated a large crowd gathered for discussions about one of economic development’s best-kept secrets. And, yes, that might be something of a contradiction. But, while no one might be speaking in hushed tones about how research core facilities at New Jersey universities affect the growth of private enterprise, Smeraglia said the long-existing research & development equipment and experts universities offer haven’t been at the forefront of public discourse about how innovative local companies take leaps forward.
New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers’ Office for Research announced a new, unified patent policy that was approved and became effective retroactive to July 1, 2021. The Patent Policy was a collaborative effort between University leadership, faculty, staff, and union representatives. It will enhance efforts to support entrepreneurship and expand the innovation ecosystem at Rutgers.
New Brunswick, NJ - Over 220 participants enjoyed presentations and poster sessions showcasing cutting-edge resources and facilities available to innovators at universities and companies throughout the Garden State at the New Jersey Research Cores Partnering Conference. The event was hosted on June 29 by the Rutgers University Office for Research at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Auditorium.
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