Summary of FY2002 Budget Request to Congress - National Science Foundation


The FY 2002 Budget Request for the Human Resource Development (HRD) Subactivity is $90.44 million, a decrease of $250,000, or 0.3 percent, below the FY 2001 Current Plan of $90.69 million.

(Millions of Dollars)

   FY 2000
FY 2001
Current Plan
FY 2002
Amount Percent
Undergraduate/Graduate Student Support
Research and Education Infrastructure
Opportunities for Women and Persons with Disabilities
Total, HRD

Totals may not add due to rounding.

The Human Resource Development Subactivity seeks to increase the participation and advancement of underrepresented groups and institutions at every level of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education through the promotion of racial and ethnic diversity, gender equity, and access for persons with disabilities. Programs focus on increasing interest and academic performance, degree attainment, and workforce participation. These efforts engage the full range of academic institutions and - through the development, assessment and documentation of model efforts to improve teaching, learning, and research participation - serve to benefit all students.

Within this Subactivity, programs address three priorities: (1) increasing substantially the diversity of the SMET professoriate; (2) strengthening the synergy among key minority-focused programs and the interactions among grantees within these and other NSF programs in research and education; and (3) expanding upon a strong educational research base to develop and foster broad implementation of innovative strategies for increasing participation and achievement of girls, women, and persons with disabilities in SMET education and research activities.

Undergraduate/Graduate Student Support includes:

  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) strengthens and encourages SMET baccalaureate degree production of students from underrepresented populations by utilizing the knowledge, resources, and capabilities of a broad range of organizations from the academic, federal, and commercial sectors. Funding is reduced by $250,000 to a level of $26.53 million.

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) provides awards to enhance the quality of undergraduate SMET programs through curricular reform and enhancement, faculty development, research experiences for undergraduates, upgrading of scientific instrumentation, and improvement of research infrastructure. Funding is maintained at $13.97 million. In addition, the Research and Related Activities account will provide funding of $1.0 million, for total Foundation support of $14.97 million. Under the HBCU-UP, Morehouse College is establishing a Baccalaureate/Master's dual degree program in neuroscience. It is an inter-institutional enterprise involving Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the colleges of the Atlanta University Center. The dual degree program includes an undergraduate fellows program and a neuroscience minor (unique among HBCUs). The dual degree program will be offered in the Fall of 2001.

  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to enhance the quality of SMET instructional and community outreach programs through curricular reform and enhancement, faculty development, research and other out-of-classroom educational experiences for students, upgrading of scientific instrumentation, and improvement of research infrastructure. In FY 2002 support is held constant at $9.98 million.

  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), administered by NSF on behalf of the White House, recognize outstanding mentoring efforts/programs that enhance the participation of groups underrepresented in science, mathematics, and engineering. Awardees serve as exemplars to their colleagues and are leaders in the effort to more fully develop the nation's human resources in science, mathematics, and engineering. Funding is maintained at $290,000. Research and Education Infrastructure includes:

  • Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (formerly the Minority Graduate Education program) continues implementing strategies for increasing SMET Ph.D. attainment among students drawn from underrepresented populations and encouraging those students to enter the professoriate. In FY 2002, program support remains at $11.80 million.

  • Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology serve as hubs for conducting competitive research at the most productive minority institutions, including those that produce well-trained doctoral students in SMET fields. Funding is sustained at $8.88 million to support ten Centers and to help Center faculty participate more fully in other NSF research programs.

  • Model Institutions for Excellence supports minority institutions with a strong track record for graduating underrepresented minority students at the baccalaureate level, and encouraging those students to pursue graduate degrees. Jointly funded with the Research and Related Activities account, EHR funding for this program is sustained at $2.52 million, for total NSF support of $10.02 million. Opportunities for Women and Persons with Disabilities includes:

  • Program for Gender Equity (PGE) supports education and research activities that foster increased participation of women and girls in SMET. Funding is sustained at $11.19 million. Within this request PGE expects to provide up to $450,000 in institutional awards as part of the NSF-wide ADVANCE program to advance professional opportunities for women.

  • Program for Persons with Disabilities supports efforts to increase the participation and achievement of individuals with disabilities in SMET education and research. Emphasis is placed on projects building and strengthening alliances among higher education, K-12 educational systems, and business and industry. Funding is maintained at $5.28 million

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