NSF for the Future Act
To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 for the National Science Foundation, and for other purposes.
Summary of Selected Provisions
- Recommends Congress roughly double the National Science Foundation’s annual budget to $18 billion over five years, a portion of which would go toward creating a Directorate for Science and Engineering Solutions
- Recommends the new directorate receive an initial annual budget of $1.4 billion and grow to $3.4 billion over five years
- Establishes that the directorate would focus on a periodically refreshed list of up to five focus areas. In selecting the focus areas, the NSF director must consider the following “societal challenges”: climate change and environmental sustainability, global competitiveness in critical technologies; cybersecurity; national security; STEM education and workforce; and social and economic inequality
- Broadly updates policies across NSF’s research and education programs, including by requiring grant applicants to assess the potential ethical implications of the research they propose to conduct