ALERT: NSF Requests Your Input

(Posted 12-20-05)

This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's member societies.

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 Information about funding levels for all federally funded R&D for all science fields is available from AAAS at

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 plan ( 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 NSF’s 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 Science Foundation.

Your comments are requested by January 20, 2006 through the website at In particular, NSF requests comments on the following questions to assist us in developing the new plan: Does NSF’s current Strategic Plan effectively communicate NSF’s 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