into NSF Strategic Plan
December 14, 2005
The National Science Foundation is asking for your input at the
start of the process to draft the next NSF Strategic Plan. Feedback
from the science and engineering community is very important
and views from the community will be incorporated into the new
The current plan (www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf04201)
is meant to guide NSF and stakeholders in a way that is responsive
to the science and engineering community that we serve. The Strategic
Plan for FY 2006-2011 will continue to do this through communicating
NSF’s strategic goals, objectives, priorities and strategies
over this time period. To meet the requirements of the Government
Performance and Results Act, the plan will also discuss the relationship
of this entire framework to annual performance goals in the NSF
budget. The Strategic Plan will be consistent with the priorities
and strategies being drafted in the National
Science Board 2020 Vision for the National Science Foundation.
Your comments are requested by January 20, 2006 through the website
at www.nsf.gov/about/performance/input.cfm. In particular, NSF
requests comments on the following questions to assist us in developing
the new plan:
Does NSF’s current Strategic Plan effectively communicate
NSF’s roles and responsibilities as part of the science and
engineering (S&E) community? If not, what is lacking and
how can the next plan be improved?
What broad characteristics of the near- and long-term environment
for S&E research and education should NSF consider and address
in its next Strategic Plan?
In addition to direct community input, the NSF Advisory Committees
will provide guidance throughout the process. There will be another
opportunity for direct community input once a draft plan is completed.
The final version of the Strategic Plan must be sent to Congress
and the Office of Management and Budget by September 30, 2006.
Your assistance in this very important task is appreciated.
|Arden L. Bement, Jr.
|Kathie L. Olsen