The Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP) is charged with providing oversight, guidance, and advice on major policy, process, and operational issues related to NSF's research portfolio. This includes the formulation of programs, large awards, Major Research Equipment and Facilities (MREFC) projects, and polar programs. In addition to reviewing and approving large awards, the Committee regularly engages in strategic planning discussions.
Specifically, CPP provides guidance and advice on major policy issues related to:
|Chair:||Dr. Peter Lepage|
|Executive Secretaries:||Dr. Linnea Avallone
Dr. Carol Besse
|NSBO Liaison:||Dr. John Veysey|
The standing Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP) is established to provide guidance and advice on major policy issues related to the research and related activities portfolio, to deliberate and make recommendations on the formulation of programs, and to make recommendations to the Board on approval of grants, contracts, and other arrangements and on the delegation of award authority to the Director.
Consequently, CPP is charged with providing oversight, guidance, and advice on major policy, process, and operational issues related to projects and programs. The Committee's deliberations are expected to provide a forum in which the Director fulfills his or her statutory obligation to consult with the Board on the formulation of programs. CPP also has primary responsibility for Board's statutory obligations to approve the Major Research Equipment and Facilities (MREFC) projects and their priority.
In addition, NSF has a unique federal role in the Polar Regions. This is especially true in the Antarctic, where the Foundation is required, by Presidential directive, to budget for and manage the entire United States national program. In recognition of the significance of these activities within the overall NSF portfolio, this Committee is specifically charged with overseeing and providing recommendations to the Board on these large scale investments.
 42 USC § 1864(d)
 42 USC § 1862(n-4(d))
 15 USC § 4101
 Presidential Memorandum 6646, February 5, 1982