Task Force on International Issues in Science and Engineering
The significance of science and technology in the global context has grown dramatically
and both private sector and government cooperation in international science and engineering
have assumed a more prominent role. The complex and systemic biological, economic, and
ecological problems of the 21st Century will demand more information, more participation
by the scientific communities of all nations, and more cooperation between these communities
and political decision-makers.
Within its Strategic Plan (NSB-98-215) the National Science Board has identified the global
context of science and engineering as a topic of major importance. The Plan expressed the need
for a fresh assessment of the roles and needs of science and engineering in the international
arena and for a coherent strategy that supports a productive relationship between scientific
and foreign policy objectives.
The NSB Task Force on International Issues will undertake two tasks.
1. With respect to science and technology in the international context, the task force will:
Review the role and contributions of science and engineering research and education
in both highly developed and developing countries and examine the Federal institutional
framework of policies and agency relations that support fundamental research and education
in the international setting;
Assess the experience of other nations with respect to key issues in science and engineering,
research and education; and
Develop recommendations for enhancing the Federal institutional framework of policies, agency
relations, and international cooperation.
2. With respect to the NSF role in international science and engineering research and education,
the task force will:
Review the NSF role in fostering international cooperation in fundamental science and
engineering research and education and in their coordination with foreign policy; and
Develop recommendations for an effective leadership role for NSF in international
science and engineering in the 21st century.
In conducting its work, the task force will consult widely with other agencies and organizations
and with science and technology officials of other countries.