ALERT: NSF Requests Your Input
This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's
In A Nutshell: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is requesting
input from the science and engineering community on their new strategic
plan for fiscal years 2006 through 2011. A letter from director Arden
Bement and deputy director Kathie Olsen is copied below. All comments
must be received by January 20, 2006 through a specific web site form
also given below. Please consider NSF's current plan, NSF's future
plans, the needs of the Earth science community and the needs of the
entire federal science program. Information about federal funds allocated
for NSF and other geoscience-related federal science programs is available
at AGI's Government Affairs (appropriations summaries are given by
agency) at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/issues/alphalist.html#approps.
Information about funding levels for all federally funded R&D
for all science fields is available from AAAS at http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/fy06.htm.
Text of letter to community from Arden Bement and Kathie Olsen.
"The National Science Foundation is asking for your input at
the start of the process to draft the next NSF Strategic Plan. Feedback
from the science and engineering community is very important and views
from the community will be incorporated into the new plan. The current
is meant to guide NSF and stakeholders in a way that is responsive
to the science and engineering community that we serve. The Strategic
Plan for FY 2006-2011 will continue to do this through communicating
NSFs strategic goals, objectives, priorities and strategies
over this time period. To meet the requirements of the Government
Performance and Results Act, the plan will also discuss the relationship
of this entire framework to annual performance goals in the NSF budget.
The Strategic Plan will be consistent with the priorities and strategies
being drafted in the National Science Board 2020 Vision for the National
Your comments are requested by January 20, 2006 through the website
In particular, NSF requests comments on the following questions to
assist us in developing the new plan: Does NSFs current Strategic
Plan effectively communicate NSFs roles and responsibilities
as part of the science and engineering (S&E) community? If not,
what is lacking and how can the next plan be improved? What broad
characteristics of the near- and long-term environment for S&E
research and education should NSF consider and address in its next
Strategic Plan? In addition to direct community input, the NSF Advisory
Committees will provide guidance throughout the process. There will
be another opportunity for direct community input once a draft plan
is completed. The final version of the Strategic Plan must be sent
to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget by September 30,
2006. Your assistance in this very important task is appreciated."
Alert prepared by Linda Rowan, AGI Director of Government Affairs
Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI
Government Affairs Program.
Posted December 20, 2005