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Media Advisory 08-029

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.

July 8, 2008

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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.


Committee on Strategy and Budget
Task Force on Cost Sharing
Roundtable Discussions on Cost Sharing


Wed., July 9, 2008, 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Thurs., July 10, 2008; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:National Science Foundation
Room 1235
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia


Wed., July 9, 2008, Voluntary Cost Sharing: Specification, Tracking, and Role in the NSF Decision Process

9 a.m.Discussion Session 1: Voluntary Cost Sharing and NSF Program Goals
10:15 a.m.Discussion Session 2: Voluntary Cost Sharing and Institutional Competitiveness in NSF Grant Funding
11:15 a.m.Discussion Session 3: Voluntary Cost Sharing in NSF Merit Review Process
2:00 p.m.Discussion Session 4: Types, Sources, and Timing of Voluntary Cost Sharing
3:00 p.m.Discussion Session 5: Tracking and Reporting Cost-Shared Resources

See for a detailed agenda and list of participants.

Thurs., July 10, 2008, Implications of Mandatory and Voluntary Cost Sharing for Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering Research and Education

9 a.m.Discussion Session 1: Mandatory Cost Sharing and Institutional Competitiveness in NSF Grant Funding
10:15 a.m.Discussion Session 2: Voluntary Cost Sharing and Institutional Competitiveness in NSF Grant Funding
11:15 a.m.Discussion Session 3: Cost Sharing and Institutional Strategic Investment
1:30 p.m.Discussion Session 4: Options for Ensuring Institutional Equity in NSF Grant Funding

See for a detailed agenda and list of participants.

Journalists interested in attending and covering either or both roundtables should contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at, 703-292-8311, for media credentials.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (202) 285-7396, email:

Program Contacts
Jennifer Richards, National Science Board, (703) 292-4521, email:

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