News Release 16-021
National Science Foundation selects head of its Office of Integrative Activities
February 25, 2016
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has appointed C. Suzanne (Suzi) Iacono as head of its Office of Integrative Activities.
The office leads and coordinates strategic NSF programs across the foundation. Iacono has served as its acting head since June 2015.
Iacono joined NSF in 1998 from Boston University where she served on the faculty of the School of Management. Before that, she served as a visiting scholar at the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a research associate at the Public Policy Research Office, University of California, Irvine.
Since joining NSF, Iacono has been a program director, senior science advisor and the deputy assistant director for the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. She received her doctorate from the Department of Management Information Systems, University of Arizona and her master's and bachelor's degrees in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.
"Dr. Iacono brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the positon," said NSF Director France Córdova. "We look forward to the energy and new perspectives she will bring to this critical role."
Specifically, Iacono will lead and coordinate NSF programs that develop human and infrastructure resources critical to U.S. science and engineering. As head of the Office of Integrative Activities, she also will advance excellence and innovation in research and engineering among scientists and engineers at all stages of their careers regardless of disciplinary boundaries.
Two divisions make up OIA. The Integrative Programs and Activities division administers Interdisciplinary Research and Education, NSF-funded Science and Technology Centers, Major Research Instrumentation and the Advanced Research Infrastructure Program.
A second division houses the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, which promotes strategic investments in science and engineering programs that build research and development capacity in 31 states and jurisdictions. EPSCoR projects enhance scientific discovery, strengthen research infrastructure and spur technological innovations that drive economic growth.
NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering with a fiscal year 2016 budget of $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive requests for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8485, email: email@example.com
The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.