National Science Board seeking nominations

The National Science Board (NSB) is seeking nominations for the class of 2020-2026.

The 24 member Board serves a dual role, providing both oversight for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advising the President and Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering and education in science and engineering. In establishing policy for NSF, "the Board identifies issues that are critical to NSF's future, approves NSF's strategic budget directions and the annual budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget, and approves new major programs and awards." The NSF Director also serves as an ex officio member of the Board.

According to the Dear Colleague Letter, the Board has identified several specific topics for which representation is sought for the 2026 class, including several relevant to the BioQUEST community:

  • Large and Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Full-lifecycle Management
  • STEM Education and the Science of Learning/STEM Workforce Development
  • Computer Science/Big Data Management/AI
  • Integrative Social Sciences
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • International Research Collaborations
  • Convergent Research and Grand Challenges
  • Science Policy and its Connection to National Economic Priorities
  • Promotion of Diversity and Minority Serving Institutions
  • High-Level Experience with Community Colleges
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Applied Math and Statistics
  • Environmental Biological Sciences
  • Geosciences
  • Sociology


The NSB publishes occasional reports and statements on topics relevant to its mission and issues the biennial report on Science and Engineering Indicators. In addition, the NSB bestows two honorary awards—the Vannevar Bush Award, bestowed upon senior scientists for public service in science and technology, and the NSB Public Service Award, which recognizes contributions to increasing public understanding of science or engineering. The NSB also approves the selection of the Alan T. Waterman Award, which recognizes a outstanding young researcher in a field supported by NSF.

Nominations consist of a letter of recommendation, the nominee's biography, and the nominee's curriculum vitae. In addition to a record of distinguished service and performance at the highest levels, nominees must be able to devote the time necessary for performing Board responsibilities.

The NSB will consider all completed nominations and make its recommendations to the White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The President formally makes the appointments.

Nominations must be submitted through the NSB's submissions portal. The deadline for nominations has been extended until June 7, 2019.


Additional Information:

  1. National Science Board
  2. National Science Foundation
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