The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), a cabinet-level council, is the principal means
for the President to coordinate science, space, and technology policies across the Federal Government.
NSTC acts as a “virtual” agency for science and technology to coordinate the diverse parts of the
Federal research and development enterprise.
An important objective of the NSTC is the establishment of clear national goals for Federal science and
technology investments in areas ranging from information technologies and health research, to improving
transportation systems and strengthening fundamental research. This council prepares research and
development strategies that are coordinated across Federal agencies to form an investment package that
is aimed at accomplishing multiple national goals.
To obtain additional information regarding the NSTC, contact the NSTC Executive Secretariat at
Note: This document does not represent the final determination in an overall Administration budget
decision-making process. The programs presented in this report will have to compete for resources
against many other high-priority Federal programs. If these programs compete successfully, they will be
reflected in future Administration budgets.
Cover photos (clockwise from top): soybean - courtesy of Dr. Henry Nguyen, University of Missouri; wheat -courtesy
of the Agricultural Research Service, USDA; cotton - courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service,
USDA; loblolly pine - courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program; rice - courtesy of Dr. Susan
McCouch, Cornell Genomics Initiative; Arabidopsis thaliana - courtesy of Dr. Jose Luis Reichmann and Dr. Elliot Meyerowitz,
California Institute of Technology; (middle): corn - courtesy of Dr. M.G. Neuffer and MaizeDB, University of
Missouri. Cover design by James Caras and Courtney Snyder of the National Science Foundation.