February 26, 2024

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NSF, U.S. Establishes New Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

During his presentation on Reinvigorating Science and Technology for the Future of U.S. Innovation, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Sethuraman Panchanathan announced a new directorate within the US NSF centred on Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships, or TIP. This new directorate, the NSF’s first in more than 30 years, builds on the agency’s commitment to serving as a beacon of American ingenuity for the past seven decades, advancing the frontiers of research and education in all fields of science and engineering.

TIP is a key first step in accelerating the creation of new technologies and products that will improve Americans’ quality of life, grow the economy and generate new employment, and reinforce and sustain the United States’ competitiveness for decades to come.

NSF’s TIP Directorate will accelerate discovery and innovation to rapidly bring new technologies to market and address the most pressing societal and economic challenges of our time. By pursuing new approaches that engage the nation’s broad and diverse population in shaping research directions and outcomes, TIP will be a game-changer in terms of the pace of technological breakthroughs, future job growth and national competitiveness.

We at NSF are grateful for the continued strong support from the Administration and Congress that has made this possibility a reality. We look forward to the passage of the Bipartisan Innovation Act, which will be the next critical step in ensuring TIP can generate a transformational evolution in translating America’s research to expand our economic leadership in the technologies of the future.

− Sethuraman Panchanathan, National Science Foundation Director

NSF intends to undertake a series of integrated projects through TIP. These initiatives will work together to advance critical and emerging technologies, accelerate the translation of research findings from the lab to the market and society, and cultivate new educational pathways that will lead to a diverse and skilled future technical workforce that includes researchers, practitioners, technicians, and entrepreneurs. This will undoubtedly broaden the scope of innovation and aid in the achievement of NSF’s Missing Millions of objectives.

Notably, TIP will develop regional “innovation engines” across the United States over time. These innovation engines will promote use-inspired research, entrepreneurship, and workforce development to nurture and accelerate regional industries, ushering in a regional and national transformation of business and economic growth that strengthens bottom-up, middle-out growth in industries and communities across the country.

To advance the frontiers of new industries, the TIP Directorate will use strategic relationships spanning numerous disciplines and sectors, including biotechnology, cybersecurity, next-generation wireless networks, microelectronics and semiconductors, and quantum computing platforms.

TIP will also make science and technology more accessible to all Americans by building a national footprint and creative education pathways for anybody interested in pursuing new, high-paying, high-quality professions in science and technology. TIP is a vital component of NSF’s support for future science and technology leaders who reflect the United States’ broad cultural and geographic diversity – one of the country’s greatest competitive and leadership advantages.

As reported by OpenGov Asia, when President Joe Biden outlined his infrastructure spending plans, his administration committed $180 billion to research and development and future industries. One of the top five priorities outlined in the plan is quantum computing, which experts see as central to leapfrogging high-tech innovation and best positioning America as a technology leader.

With quantum computers, researchers and scientists can store and process information faster than ever, solve complex problems today’s computers cannot solve and integrate powerful insights into everything from weather patterns to the intricacies of the human genome. But as quantum computing solves some problems, it also creates new ones. Networks must be optimised and managed, systems secured and quantum-ready data centres built.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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