On August 11, U.S. Nationwide Science Basis Director Sethuraman Panchanathan joined White Home Workplace of Science and Expertise Coverage Director Arati Prabhakar on the College Nevada, Reno, for a roundtable dialogue and to focus on an roughly $1 million NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) Development Award supporting a UNR-led venture. In the course of the go to, Director Panchanathan met researchers, college students, heads of science and engineering establishments, enterprise leaders and members of the press, and toured the college’s Supplies and Electrochemical Analysis Lab.
Assembled with Director Prabhakar, college management and venture companions for the roundtable, Director Panchanathan started by celebrating the one-year anniversary of the signing of the “CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.” He lauded the act as a once-in-a-generation laws which established a daring imaginative and prescient for accelerating U.S. management in innovation. He additionally praised the act’s authorization of latest, vital investments in NSF’s mission and its codification of NSF’s first new directorate in over 30 years — the Directorate for Expertise, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP).
Underscoring his level, Panchanathan cited numerous examples of NSF’s progress because the act’s signing. “NSF Regional Engines, a flagship of TIP’s, made its top notch of improvement awards to 44 teams spanning 46 U.S. states and territories in Might of this yr. These awards are laying the inspiration for innovation ecosystems all throughout America, in communities of all sizes, driving trade and job development, to create alternatives for everybody, all over the place.”
One of many 44 groups chosen for an NSF Engines Growth Award is led by UNR (host and moderator of the roundtable occasion), the Nevada Governor’s Workplace of Financial Growth and Truckee Meadows Neighborhood School, in partnership with dozens of native and regional firms. The workforce goals to leverage statewide assets and expertise to develop a round economic system in Nevada across the life cycle of lithium batteries, with the objective of changing into aggressive for a full NSF Engines award value as much as $160 million.
Panchanathan stated the workforce is effectively positioned to hold out its essential venture and attain its objective. “Boosting the home provide chain of superior lithium batteries, on the core of applied sciences like electrical autos and photo voltaic panels, is vital to accelerating the U.S. transition away from fossil fuels, towards a clear power future,” he remarked.
Over the course of the roundtable, Panchanathan and Prabhakar participated in energetic and insightful discussions on a wide range of matters, together with U.S. management in science and expertise, discovery, and innovation; the importance of translational analysis with a lab-to-market idea; and broadening participation to encourage the “lacking thousands and thousands.” The discussions illuminated NSF’s central function within the nation’s STEM enterprise in addition to the facility of its investments to deal with societal challenges and strengthen the nation’s safety and international competitiveness.
Earlier that day, Panchanathan toured the college’s Supplies and Electrochemical Analysis Lab and its state-of-the-art amenities. The testing lab connects academia with industries to establish and choose the very best supplies for his or her merchandise. In the course of the tour, he met many NSF-funded researchers, together with NSF students, who’re gaining hands-on expertise in key expertise fields, getting ready them for significant and profitable careers in STEM.