Letter of Transmittal


NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD
4201 WILSON BOULEVARD
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230

January 11, 1996

The Honorable William J. Clinton
The President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500



Dear Mr. President:

It is my honor to transmit to you, and through you to the Congress, the twelfth in the series of biennial Science Indicators reports, Science and Engineering Indicators - 1996. The National Science Board submits this report in accordance with Sec. 4 (j)(1) of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended.

Continued investment in science and technology is critical to protecting our Nation's economic growth, the vitality of our industries, the productive use and husbanding of our resources, and the health and well being of our people. Science and Engineering Indicators contributes to a better understanding of this Nation's science and technology capabilities and helps to illuminate the importance of our investment in research and education and of strengthening the ties between them.

In an era of increased emphasis on assessment of government and university performance and industrial benchmarking, Science and Engineering Indicators provides decisionmakers and analysts in both the public and private sectors with a broad base of quantitative information and analysis regarding science, engineering, research, and education in the United States. Additionally, the Indicators report offers valuable comparative information on science and technology in other countries - the result of long-term collaborative efforts to support the continuous improvement and comparability of international data sources. The Board is proud to note that Science and Engineering Indicators has become an international standard for reporting on trends in science and technology and is much emulated by other nations.

The National Science Board expresses the hope that you, your Administration, and the Congress will find this report useful as you deliberate on and determine the policies and priorities for our Nation.


Respectfully yours,



Frank H.T. Rhodes
Chairman


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