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National Science Foundation Technology Innovation Partnership Evaluation



The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency established in 1950 by Congress "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense." NSF supports research and the fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences, and helps the United States drive leading discoveries. In March 2022, NSF established the Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP). TIP was created to focus on significant challenges and opportunities across the entire science and engineering enterprise and to strengthen and scale the critical research that will drive future technologies and solutions.


The NSF required an assessment of the organizational and management structure of the NSF's Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships.

The Academy:

  • Evaluated and made recommendations to efficiently and effectively implement the Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships; and
  • Evaluated and made recommendations to ensure coordination of the Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships with other directorates and offices of the Foundation and other Federal agencies.

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Final Report


The Panel recognizes the work NSF and TIP leaders have done thus far in a short amount of time to establish the Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships. To ensure both early and long-term success for the new directorate, the report offers five recommendations which include collaborating within NSF on internal benchmarking, developing a strategic workforce planning process and a formal strategic management process, and communicating with NSF mission support leaders on resource planning.


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