FYI: Science Policy News
115th Congress
Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act
To direct the National Science Foundation to provide grants for research about STEM education approaches and the STEM-related workforce, and for other purposes.
Summary of Selected Provisions

Selected provisions in original House bill

  • Authorizes use of existing funding within NSF’s Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate for grants to community colleges to develop or improve associate degree and certificate programs in high-demand STEM fields.
  • Authorizes use of existing EHR funding for grants to support universities that partner with employers that offer work-based learning opportunities to students pursuing four-year STEM degrees.
  • Authorizes use of existing EHR funding for grants to support higher education institutions and non-profits to conduct research on the use and best practices of computer-based learning for technical skills training.
  • Directs NSF to explore the feasibility of expanding its surveys to collect data on the skilled technical workforce, which is defined as “workers with high school diplomas and two-year technical training or certifications who employ significant levels of STEM knowledge in their jobs.”
  • Directs the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate to support research on the skilled technical labor markets.
  • Directs SBE to conduct analyses comparing skilled technical workforce development in the U.S. with that of other developed countries.
Primary Sponsors
Co-sponsors by Party
  • 12/31/2018
    Became law
  • 12/20/2018
    Passed by Senate
  • 09/25/2018
    Passed by House
  • 04/17/2018
    Advanced by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
  • 04/13/2018
    Introduced in House