In 2016, Iowa-based federal agencies and laboratories received a federal R&D investment of $494 million. They leveraged that investment via their technology transfer efforts to address societal needs, promote economic development and growth, and enhance U.S. competitiveness. From defense to life sciences to energy to agriculture, Iowa-based federal agencies and labs are meeting the technology transfer mission envisioned by Congress.

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Federal Obligations for R&D in Iowa, 2016 ($ thousands)
All agencies 494,458
Department of Agriculture 76,571
Department of Commerce 115
Department of Defense 115,279
Department of Energy 69,453
Department of Health and Human Services 179,122
Department of Homeland Security 0
Department of the Interior 2,096
Department of Transportation 3,214
Environmental Protection Agency 800
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 8,481
National Science Foundation 39,328

Source: NSF Science and Engineering Profiles


Jackie Kerby Moore

2009 Interagency Partnership Mid-Continent

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Acid-free rare-earth magnet recycling
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Acid-free rare-earth magnet recycling

One invention with two dramatic outcomes is the result of a new acid-free rare-earth magnet recycling process invented by scientists at the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) and Ames Laboratory. During the recycling process, magnets are dissolved in water-based solutions, allowing scientists to...