Budget and Performance
Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment (AC/GPA)
The AC/GPA is comprised of about 20 members, each of whom has strong academic credentials and substantial experience in academia, government, and/or industry. About one-third of the members are also members of NSF Directorate or Office advisory committees, providing valuable linkages to those bodies. The Committee works closely with NSF staff during the three or four months prior to their annual meeting to ensure that they receive performance information for programs across the Foundation. The Committee is charged with reviewing NSF’s investments in research and education to determine whether NSF demonstrated significant achievement in meeting its strategic outcome goals of Discovery, Learning, and Research Infrastructure. The Committee submits a report annually to the Director that evaluates NSF performance under each strategic goal.
The AC/GPA uses evaluation criteria, or performance indicators, to evaluate outcomes from NSF’s grant programs in research, education, and research infrastructure. The indicators take into account the support of potentially transformative research, stimulating innovation, developing successful models for teaching and learning, achieving active support of undergraduate and graduate students in research projects, and fostering research at large facilities or with advanced instrumentation that could not have been carried out without NSF support.