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Science and Technology Policy

The National Science Foundation Act of 1950, which created the NSF, states the duties of the Board, including the duty to "recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering."

The National Science Board has two important roles. First, it establishes the policies of NSF within the framework of applicable national policies set forth by the President and the Congress. In this capacity, the Board identifies issues that are critical to NSF's future, approves NSF's strategic budget directions and the annual budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget, and approves new major programs and awards. The second role of the Board is to serve as an independent body of advisors to both the President and Congress on national policy issues related to science and engineering research and education. In addition to major reports, the NSB also publishes occasional science and technology policy papers or statements on issues of importance to U.S. science and engineering.


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nsb05142 National Science Board 2020 Vision for the NSF
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nsb97150 Science and Engineering Research in the 21st Century
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nsf92223 In the National Interest The Federal Government and Research-Intensive Universities
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nsb92196 Report of the National Science Board Commission on the Future of the National Science Foundation

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