National Science Foundation for the Future Act
This bill reauthorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) through FY2026 and authorizes programs and activities at the NSF.
The bill establishes requirements for the NSF, including to
- enter into a contract with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to assess the status and opportunities for Pre-K through 12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science, (STEM) education research;
- award grants to establish no fewer than three multidisciplinary Centers for Tranformative Education Research and Translation to support research and development of STEM education innovations;
- award grants to establish a network of centers for science and technical education;
- carry out a national initiative to facilitate the development of networks and partnerships to broaden participation in STEM studies and careers of historically underrepresented groups;
- maintain a Research Security and Policy office to coordinate all research security policy issues across the NSF;
- award grants to support research to improve our understanding of the climate system and related human and environmental systems;
- support research to significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system; and
- award grants to advance knowledge of risk assessment and predictability to improve our ability to predict extreme events and natural hazards, including pandemics.
The bill also establishes within the NSF a Directorate for Science and Engineering Solutions to advance research and development solutions to address societal and national challenges.