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National Science Foundation

FYI covers NSF’s major research and facilities programs, with a special focus on the Math and Physical Sciences Directorate. FYI also covers the foundation’s general policy, strategy, and administration, as well as activities of the National Science Board.

14 Jun 2016

At its May meeting, the National Science Board praised National Science Foundation Director France Córdova’s proposed set of nine new ideas for the agency – including six “research big ideas” and three “process ideas” that she believes will lead to transformative discoveries.

10 Jun 2016

In May, the National Science Board elected planetary geophysicist Maria Zuber as chair and computer scientist Diane Souvaine as vice chair. With France Córdova serving as National Science Foundation Director, top leadership positions at the foundation are now all occupied by women for the first time.

31 May 2016

Senate appropriators are proposing to hold funding for NSF research steady in fiscal year 2017, while House appropriators would increase it by less than 1 percent. Appropriators from both chambers would leave decisions about how to divvy up the $6 billion research account to the foundation.

26 May 2016

About one month after the Senate Appropriations Committee reported legislation with middling spending for four of the main science agencies in fiscal year 2017, the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week cleared its bill and committee report. Like in the Senate, the House committee includes no significant spending increases for the four agencies’ research accounts.

29 Apr 2016

Following a year of investigations into alleged financial mismanagement of one of the National Science Foundation’s large-scale research facilities, the House Science Committee cleared legislation aimed at improving facility management, accountability, and transparency at the foundation.

26 Apr 2016

After commending retiring vice chairwoman Barbara Mikulski for her years of effective service, Senate appropriations committee members unanimously approved a bill which would provide close to flat funding for NASA, NSF, NIST, and NOAA in fiscal year 2017. 

 
17 Mar 2016

After largely dismissing the president’s budget request, the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee in charge of National Science Foundation appropriations voiced both their strong support for the foundation and their opposition to allocating money at the research directorate level, with the chairman indicating his preference for making greater use of decadal surveys to decide on research priorities.

9 Mar 2016

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova has announced national searches to identify candidates to become the next assistant directors for three of the foundation’s six research directorates: Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Geosciences, and Engineering.

9 Mar 2016

In a letter being circulated in the House, Representatives G.K. Butterfield and David McKinley are asking their colleagues to sign onto a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter calling on appropriators to fund the National Science Foundation at a level of $8 billion in fiscal year 2017.

26 Feb 2016

At a hearing marked by bipartisan praise and positive exchanges about physics interspersed with laughter, members of the House Science Committee commended witnesses from the National Science Foundation, Caltech, Louisiana State University, and MIT, for leadership on a long-term scientific collaboration that led to the groundbreaking discovery of gravitational waves.

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