NSF encourages innovative workforce development in Spectrum STEM


June 14, 2022

The electromagnetic spectrum is a key enabler for modern technology and scientific discovery. The growing use of wirelessly connected devices has led to spectrum congestion that impacts a broad range of national, economic, and social activities.

This creates a critical need to train a future workforce with proficiency in the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that enable further development of the electromagnetic spectrum as a resource ("spectrum STEM"). 

NSF seeks to encourage the STEM and policy-making communities to develop innovative education and workforce development plans to address the nation's future spectrum workforce needs. 

Learn about opportunities to request NSF supplemental funding in Dear Colleague Letter: Workforce Development in Spectrum STEM (NSF 22-095).

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2022 budget of $8.8 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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