WASHINGTON A package of technology innovation and competitiveness legislation cleared a House panel on Wednesday (Feb. 28).
The House Science and Technology Committee said it approved bills covering science and engineering research, high-performance computing and science education. It also approved energy legislation that would speed technology transfer from the laboratory to the market.
The research bill would fund promising university and nonprofit researchers, create a graduate assistants program in areas of "national need" and establish an office to coordinate the U.S. university and national research infrastructure.
Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) said the bill adopted recommendations of the National Science Foundation's report on global competitiveness, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm."
The high-performance computing bill is designed to improve coordination of government computing research. It also requires development of a roadmap for deploying high-end computing to researchers and planning R&D efforts for next-generation computers.
The energy legislation would among other things attempt to speed deployment of energy technologies through the creation of a network of "Advanced Energy Technology Transfer Centers."
"This bill represents just a small investment in the tech transfer capabilities we need to help our universities and labs move advanced energy technologies from labs into the market so Americans can enjoy the tangible benefits of our federal investment in R&D," Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), said in a statement.
The legislation now moves to the full House for further consideration.