National Science Board Task Force to Consider Voluntary and Mandatory Cost Sharing on NSF Decision Making and Goals
Task Force to hold discussions at NSF July 9-10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The National Science Board Task Force on Cost Sharing will assemble for the second and third of a series of roundtable discussions on cost sharing on Wed. and Thurs., July 9 and 10, 2008, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Arlington, Va.
Cost-sharing refers to the contribution of quantifiable and auditable assistance from non-NSF (and non-federal) sources to NSF-supported activities (OMB Circular A-110). In October 2004, the Board approved a revision to NSF cost sharing policy that eliminated all program-specific mandatory cost sharing requirements.
The America COMPETES Act, signed into law in August 2007, directed the Board to evaluate and report to Congress on the impact of its policy to eliminate cost sharing for existing programs that were developed around industry partnerships and that historically required cost sharing. In response, on Feb. 7, 2008, the Board issued a report, "Report to Congress on Cost Sharing Policies at the National Science Foundation," recommending that NSF reinstate mandatory cost sharing for the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program, the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program, and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
Following up on the report to Congress, the Board has undertaken a wider study with the intent of producing a second report covering issues related to voluntary cost sharing and the implications of cost sharing for broadening participation in science and engineering research and education.
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