News Release

Media Advisory
National Science Board to meet November 8 - 9, 2016, in Arlington, VA

November 4, 2016

Introduction of New Board Members and Ceremonial Oath of Office, Merit Review Pilot report, and Overview of BIO Portfolio are among the topics at November meeting

The National Science Board (NSB) will meet November 8 – 9, 2016, to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Members of the media and the public are invited to open portions of the meeting, which will also be webcast:


Public sessions of the meeting include:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (Room 1235):

8:00 – 9:20 a.m.  Opening Plenary Session

NSB Chair’s Remarks

  •  Announcement of New Members and Ceremonial Oath of Office
  •  Overview of Major Issues
  •  Report on Site Visits
  •  Highlights from Board Retreat

NSF Director’s Remarks

Discussion of NSB Structure


9:35 - 10:35 a.m.  Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

Update on FY 2017 Budget

Ongoing Development of 2018-2022 Strategic Plan


10:35 – 11:35 a.m. Committee on Audit and Oversight (A&O)

NAPA Report: Implementation of Recommendation on Management Fee

Merit Review Pilot

Inspector General’s Update

  •  Update on Financial Statement Audit
  •  Introduction of New Assistant Inspector General for Audit
  • OIG FY 2017 Audit Plan

Chief Financial Officer’s Update

Report on NSF’s Intergovernmental Personnel Act Program (IPAs)


1:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI)

Update on STEM PhDs Career Pathways Companion Brief

Discussion: Indicators 2018 Overview and Transmittal Letter


2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP)

CY 2017 Schedule of Planned Action and Information Items

Review of NSB’s Delegation of Award Authority

Advanced Computing Infrastructure and Polar Realignment Updates

An Overview of BIO Portfolio: Status and Timelines


4:20 – 5:10 p.m. Joint Session of CPP and Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF)

Discussion of Facilities-related Information Products

Discussion of Annual Facility Plan


Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (Room 1235):

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Plenary Open

NSB Chair’s opening remarks

NSF Director’s remarks

Action Item: Changes to the Waterman Award Terms

Changes to Annual Facility Plan       

Discussion of Materials for the Presidential Transition

Report from Congressional Engagement Working Group     

Overview of NSF’s Relocation

Open Committee Reports      


Visit the National Science Board's public meetings page for the full meeting agenda.

The NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for NSF and advisory body to the president and Congress on science and engineering issues. Drawn from industry and universities, and representing a variety of science and engineering disciplines and geographic areas, NSB members are selected for their eminence in research, education or public service, and records of distinguished service. NSB members are appointed for six-year terms. The NSF director is an ex officio member of the Board. Learn more about the NSB and its current composition here.

Note: Reporters are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act. All sessions will be held at the NSF headquarters, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. Journalists interested in attending and covering the meeting should contact Nadine Lymn at (703) 292-2490 or  

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, its budget is $7.8 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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