Science & Engineering Indicators

Science and Engineering Indicators Reports

As part of its role as an independent advisory body, the Board, by law, “. . . shall render to the President and the Congress no later than January 15 of each even numbered year, a report on indicators of the state of science and engineering in the United States.” Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators) comprises high-quality quantitative data on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. Indicators is factual and policy neutral. It does not offer policy options or recommendations.


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Science and Engineering Indicators 2016

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Previous Versions of Indicators


S & E Indicators Related Resources

Policy Companion Reports to Indicators


Though the main volume of Indicators is policy neutral, the Board authors one or more policy companion reports to Indicators, which draw upon the data in Indicators and may offer policy recommendations on issues of concern for national S&E research or education policy, in keeping with the Board's statutory responsibility to bring attention to such issues. 


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Cover image of nsb201510 Revisiting the STEM Workforce 2015
Cover image of nsb1203 Research & Development, Innovation, and the Science and Engineering Workforce 2012
Cover image of nsb1245 Diminishing Funding and Rising Expectations:  Trends and Challenges for Public Research Universities 2012
Cover image of nsb1003 Globalization of Science and Engineering Research 2010
Cover image of nsb0803 Research and Development: Essential Foundation for U.S. Competiveness in a Global Economy 2008
For prior year companion reports to Indicators, please search the NSB publications


Policy One Pagers


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STEM Workforce I ‐ Not One But Many (2016; PDF)

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STEM Workforce II ‐ Pathways not Pipelines (2016; PDF)
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Higher Education as a Public and Private Good (2016: PDF)




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SEI Overview Interactive Infographic 2016




Data Tools


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STEM Education Data and Trends Online Tool 2016

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STEM Education Resource 2014
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Science and Engineering Indicators 2014
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