The National Science Foundation (NSF) has outlined a new vision and goals for the agency for fiscal years 2011 to 2016. The new vision is more outcome-oriented than the previous vision: “NSF envisions a nation that capitalizes on new concepts in science and engineering and provides global leadership in advancing research and education.” The strategic goals were also revised: transform the frontiers, innovate for society, and perform as a model organization.
According to the plan, the new vision and goals were developed “to better integrate them with the concepts of research and learning, and more closely align with NSF’s merit review criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts.”
The strategic plan also utilizes new methods for evaluating the performance of NSF’s investments in research and education. New performance goals include:
To read the strategic plan, visit http://www.nsf.gov/news/strategicplan/index.jsp?WT.mcid=USNSF124.
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