Florida Board of Governors Co-hosting National Science Foundation Workshop

As the Florida Board of Governors devotes resources and talent to achieve and sustain efforts that will make Florida an international leader in knowledge-based innovation economies which includes but is not limited to "STEM" degrees (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) it is well-known that research at all levels in the State University System often leads to successful market commercialization of discoveries by faculty and students.


The Board of Governors is co-sponsoring a workshop with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Jan. 12 in Orlando to further increase the competitiveness and success of Florida-based researchers.


The State University System of Florida has maintained its Top 4 national ranking among public institutions for total R&D expenditures for several years. The latest ranking, FY 2009-10, is based on data from the National Science Foundations own Annual Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges. The ranking is based on the State University System of Floridas tabulation of more than $1.6 billion in annual research expenditures an amount that reflects remarkable growth of more than 30 percent just in the past five to six years.


While the workshop agenda is primarily designed for researchers and educators who have limited experience in making proposals to the NSF, more experienced proposers and NSF grantees can interact with NSF representatives who will be presenters and be available during breakout sessions for informal discussions of potential research proposals.


The workshop is open to personnel not just from the State University System of Florida but those from any public and private college or university in Florida. The day-long workshop will cover the NSFs priorities and budget, and details about the merit review process.

All seven of the NSFs directorates that support science and engineering research and education will be represented at the workshop: Biological Sciences; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Engineering; Geosciences; Mathematics and Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; and Education and Human Resources.


The National Science Foundation partnership with the State University System of Florida is vital because, alltold, it funds about 20 percent of all federally supported research conducted by Americas colleges and universities and in many fields and research projects, the NSF is the major source of federal backing, said State University System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan, who will participate in the workshop.


The NSF is an independent U.S. government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. It is Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health. The NSF was created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense . Its director and all 24 Board members serve six-year terms. Each of them, as well as the deputy director, is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.


The NSF chiefly issues limited-term grants currently about 10,000 new awards a year with an average duration of three years. Grants fund specific research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system. Awards are provided to a spectrum of recipients from one-person projects and small teams, to major facilities or multi-facility projects.


Many discoveries and technological advances supported by the NSF have been revolutionary, and NSF-funded researchers have won more than 180 Nobel Prizes.


Agenda and registration information for eligible educators can be found here: https://www.boghome.net:4443/NSFDay


For more information about R&D and discovery-to-market accomplishments in the State University System, see the 2010 Annual Report of the Board of Governors: www.flbog.edu


For more about the NSF, see www.nsf.gov