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News Release 15-115

Nominations call for candidates to serve on National Science Board

Deadline to submit nominations is Oct. 30, 2015

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Nominations call for NSB's class of 2016-2022 is now closed.

September 24, 2015

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The National Science Board (NSB, Board) seeks nominations for candidates to serve on the Board. The 24-member NSB oversees the activities of and establishes the policies for the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is also an advisory body to Congress and the President on policy related to science and engineering as well as education in science and engineering. NSF's director is an ex officio 25th NSB member.

Every two years, eight NSB members rotate off and the president appoints a new class to the Board. NSB solicits nominations from the broad scientific community to make recommendations for presidential consideration. The call for nominations for the class of 2016-2022 is open through Oct. 30, 2015. Nominations are submitted electronically via NSB's web-based portal. Three documents comprise the nomination packet: a letter of recommendation, the nominee's biography, and the nominee's curriculum vitae.

In its review of candidates, NSB applies statutory eligibility requirements and also considers diversity, including but not limited to gender and ethnic diversity, discipline of expertise, type and size of organizational affiliation, and geographic location. Because the NSB is an oversight and governance board, its members invest a significant amount of time meeting their responsibilities.

Desired attributes include a demonstrated record of distinguished service and the potential for further contributions; demonstrated performance at the highest level in scientific, technological, engineering, industrial, public sector, and educational communities; a commitment to devote the time necessary to effectively perform Board duties; and demonstrated expertise in specific areas and in cross-cutting topics in which the Board engages (listed below).

Specific topics:

  • Large/complex facility planning, construction, management and transformation
  • International projects and globalization of research
  • Metrics and performance measurement
  • Neuroscience and the brain
  • Information science and large/complex/novel data and related analytics
  • Undergraduate research
  • Diversity enhancement
  • Social communications and cognitive science and technology
  • Science of education and STEM learning
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Sustainability, water and global change
  • Clean energy and energy security

Cross-cutting topics representing long-term issues for NSF and the nation:

  • Understanding and appreciation of NSF's unique and long-term role in supporting basic science, engineering and education research
  • Innovation, competitiveness and leveraging investments via academic-corporate partnerships
  • Evolution of the academic research enterprise

For more information and to access the nominations portal, visit More detailed information concerning the Board, its members and activities can be found at the NSB website,

About the National Science Board

NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for NSF and advisory body to the president and Congress on science and engineering issues. Drawn from industry and universities, and representing a variety of science and engineering disciplines and geographic areas, NSB members are selected for their eminence in research, education or public service, and records of distinguished service. NSB members are appointed for six-year terms. The NSF director is an ex officio member of the NSB. Learn more about the NSB and its current composition.


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Nadine Lymn, NSB, (703) 292-2490, email:

Program Contacts
Brandon Powell, NSB, (703) 292-2769, email:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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