National Science Foundation Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
Webcast of the Celebration of Science and Technology Centers Class of 2000

February 5, 2010
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET

NSF is honoring and recognizing the achievements of the Science and Technology Centers that started in year 2000, and for the important contributions these centers have made to the Nation.

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Background Information
The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake important investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STC investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

Centers also undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the mutual exchange of scientific and technical information among the Center partners and others with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors.

The program was established in 1987. To date, there have been five competitions and an on-going competition that is about to conclude. The first two competitions, one in the late 1980's and one in the early 1990's, led to the establishment of 25 Science and Technology Centers. These are no longer funded as NSF centers. A third competition for Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships was held in 1999 and resulted in five new Centers. A fourth competition was held in 2000 and resulted in six new Centers. The fifth and most recent competition, in FY 2005, added six new Centers.

The STC program supports a center for up to ten years at the level 1.5M-5M/yr.  Detailed information about the program and the list of current centers can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5541&org=OIA.


About NSF
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, its budget is $9.5 billion, which includes $3.0 billion provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to over 1,900 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 44,400 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards.MORE

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