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Letter of Transmittal

National Science Board

February 6, 2014

TO:                  The President and Congress of the United States

SUBJECT:        Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

As Chairman of the National Science Board, it is my honor to transmit on behalf of the Board the twenty-first in the series of biennial science indicators reports, Science and Engineering Indicators 2014. The Board submits this report as required by 42 U.S.C. § 1863 (j) (I).

The Indicators series was designed to provide a broad base of quantitative information about U.S. science, engineering, and technology for use by policymakers, researchers, and the general public. Science and Engineering Indicators 2014 contains analyses of key aspects of the scope, quality, and vitality of the Nation's science and engineering enterprise in the context of global science and technology.

The report presents infonnation on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at all levels; the scientific and engineering workforce; U.S. and international research and development performance; U.S. competitiveness in high technology; and public attitudes and understanding of science and engineering. A chapter on state-level science and engineering enables state comparisons on selected indicators. An Overview chapter synthesizes selected key themes emerging from the report.

The Board hopes that the Administration and Congress find the new quantitative information and analysis in the report useful and timely for the planning of national priorities, policies, and programs in science and technology.

Dan E. Arvizu
Chairman
National Science Board

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