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Media Advisory 16-001

National Science Board to meet Feb. 2-3, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia

Meeting will include updates on NEON and a report on NSF's use of cooperative agreements to support large scale research investments

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January 29, 2016

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The National Science Board (NSB) will meet Feb. 2-3, 2016, to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Members of the media and the public are invited to open portions of the meeting, which will also be webcast.

Public sessions of the meeting include:

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 (Room 1235):

8:00-8:30 a.m. Reports from NSB Chair and NSF Director

8:30-10:10 a.m. Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP)

  • Arctic contract update
  • Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) discussion
  • Update on icebreaker support for McMurdo Station
  • iPlant information item
  • Overview of infrastructure investments in Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate

1:50-2:35 p.m. Joint meeting-Committee on Programs and Plans, Committee on Strategy and Budget, and Subcommittee on Facilities

  • Discussion of facilities planning

3:40-4:10 p.m. Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF)

  • Discussion of SCF's roles and responsibilities
  • Discussion of SCF 2016 activities

4:10-5:10 p.m. Committee on Audit and Oversight (AO)

  • Update on National Academy of Public Administration report
  • Inspector General's update
  • Chief Financial Officer's update
  • Update on two-month salary support compensation policy

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 (Room 1235):

8:50-9:50 a.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI)

  • Update on Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators) 2016 outreach
  • Update and discussion of Indicators 2016 companion briefs
  • Update and discussion of proposed workshop: "Future of Science and Engineering Indicators"

9:50-10:05 a.m. Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

  • NSF FY 2016 budget update

1:00-1:30 p.m. Plenary Open Session

  • Remarks from NSB Chair and NSF Director
  • NEON updates from the Chair of the ad hoc task force on NEON Performance and Plans
  • Open committee reports

Visit the National Science Board's public meetings page for the full meeting agenda.

The 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 Board. Learn more about the NSB and its current composition here.

Note: Reporters are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act. All sessions will be held at the NSF headquarters, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. Journalists interested in attending and covering the meeting should contact Nadine Lymn, (703) 292-2490.


Media Contacts
Nadine Lymn, NSB, (703) 292-2490, 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) 2018, its budget is $7.8 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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