Media Advisory

National Science Board will hold a hybrid meeting August 3 – 4, 2022

On the agenda: NSB will talk with DOE’s Under Secretary for Science and Innovation Geraldine Richmond and will consider actions related to five NSF-funded facilities

July 28, 2022

The National Science Board (NSB) will hold a hybrid meeting August 3 - 4, 2022 to address science and engineering policy issues relevant to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Sunshine Act notice and the meeting agenda provide meeting details. NSB committees will meet prior to the Board meeting.

Closed agenda items include discussion of NSF’s Antarctic science strategy, updates on the agency’s operating status and research security measures, and reports of closed meetings of NSB’s Awards and Facilities and Strategy committees and Subcommittee on Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. The Board will vote on renewing the operations and management awards for NSF’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MAGLab) and National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab); increasing the Total Project cost for the construction of the Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV); increasing the cost caps of the operations and management awards for the Seismological Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) and Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE); and including the Leadership-Class Computing Facility (LCCF) in a future budget request.   


WEDNESDAY, Auguat 3:

1:00 – 3:35 p.m.                              PLENARY OPEN (break 2:40 – 2:50)

The meeting kicks off with remarks from NSB Chair Dan Reed and NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, including highlights of science that NSF makes possible. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary for Science and Innovation Geraldine Richmond will talk with the Board about ways in which NSF and DOE can work together to help drive US innovation. Lastly, an NSF presentation will highlight how the agency supports science in Antarctica.


THURSDAY, August 4

9:00 – 10:05 a.m.             PLENARY OPEN

After remarks by the NSB Chair and NSF Director, NSB committees and working groups will share updates, including the Oversight, External Engagement, and Science and Engineering Policy committees and the Socioeconomic Status Working Group.

2:05 – 2:30 p.m.               PLENARY OPEN

This session will include updates on the NSB Chair’s activities, approval of prior open meeting minutes, and closing remarks from both the Chair and Director.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, external guests may attend the NSB meeting in person. In-person visitors should email their name as it appears on their photo ID, along with affiliation, at least 24 hours in advance to Assuming that the COVID status for Alexandria, Virginia remains “medium” or goes to “high,” visitors must fill out and bring OMB’s certification of vaccination form. Visitors who are not vaccinated or refuse to divulge their vaccination status will not be admitted. NSB continues to livestream all open meeting sessions and links for each day are above.


About the National Science Board
The NSB identifies issues critical to NSF’s future, establishes its policies, and serves as co-head of agency with the NSF Director. The Board also advises the President and Congress on policy matters related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and STEM education. Selected for their distinguished service and accomplishments in academia, government, and the private sector, the Board’s 24 presidentially appointed members are leaders in STEM research and education.


Media Contact: Nadine Lymn, National Science Board, (703) 292-2490,

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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