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Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)
Task Force on Cost Sharing (CS)


The National Science Board (Board) will examine National Science Foundation (NSF) cost sharing and institutional commitment policy, specifically focusing on the consequences of the Board's 2004 revision to cost sharing policy that eliminated NSF program-specific cost sharing requirements and required only the statutory one percent of sharing. more...

Task Force Members

Chairman: Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier
Members:   Dr. Mark R. Abbott
Dr. Camilla P. Benbow
Dr. Jon C. Strauss
Dr. Thomas N. Taylor
Dr. Richard F. Thompson
Executive Secretary: Ms. Jennifer Richards

Task Force Activities

On August 3, 2009, the Task Force issued a final report on NSF cost sharing policy focusing on a wider range of issues related to cost sharing policy. Investing in the Future: NSF Cost Sharing Policies for a Robust Federal Research Enterprise.

To inform this report, the Task Force held two Board-sponsored roundtable discussions and two public comment opportunities.

July 9: "Roundtable Discussion 2 on Voluntary Cost Sharing: Specification, Tracking, and Role in the NSF Decision Process".
Agenda and List of Participants.

July 10: "Roundtable Discussion 3 on Implications on Mandatory and Voluntary Cost Sharing for Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering Research and Education".
Agenda and List of Participants.

August October 2008: Public comment opportunity on issues related to cost sharing policy:
Request for public comment.

January February 2009: Public comment opportunity on a draft final report.

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On February 8, 2007, the Task Force issued a report on NSF cost sharing policy focusing specifically on the issues raised by Congress in the America COMPETES Act. Download Report to Congress on Cost Sharing Policies at the National Science Foundation.

To inform this report, the Task Force held a Board-sponsored roundtable discussion:

December 7, 2007: "Roundtable Discussion on Cost Sharing," National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Agenda, List of Participants


In October 2007, the National Science Board established a Task Force on Cost Sharing to examine issues related to cost sharing over a 1-year period in order to formulate constructive policy recommendations for the National Science Foundation. The Task Force was established in response to a Congressional mandate in the August 9, 2007 America COMPETES Act requiring the Board to provide a report within 6 months on potential unintended consequences of its 2004 revision to NSF cost sharing policy that eliminated mandatory cost sharing for all NSF programs. Prior to 2004, specific NSF programs could set cost sharing requirements for solicited proposals in addition to the statutory one percent requirement (which has since been eliminated from NSF Congressional appropriations language).

The Act directed the Board to "evaluate the impact of its policy to eliminate cost sharing for research grants and cooperative agreements for existing programs that were developed around industry partnerships and historically required cost sharing, such as the Engineering Research Centers and Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers. The Board shall also consider the impact that the cost sharing policy has on initiating new programs for which industry interest and participation are sought." For full legislative text, click here.


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