STEM Education & Workforce

FYI covers federal policies and programs focused on K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and informal education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, including those supported by the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and NASA.

OSTP Director Eric Lander, left, and OSTP Deputy Director for Science and Society Alondra Nelson.
October 22, 2021

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched an “ideation challenge” to collect public input on ways to increase diversity in STEM fields.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with students at Hampton University, a Historically Black College and University in Virginia, as part of the annual HBCU Week conference on Sept. 10.
September 17, 2021

The Biden administration is seeking to pump billions of dollars into research projects and infrastructure upgrades at minority-serving institutions, though so far Congress has advanced less ambitious spending plans.

Mars Rover Model
July 12, 2021

The Biden administration is requesting budget increases for many existing STEM education programs for fiscal year 2022 and several science agencies are proposing new activities aimed at diversifying both their own workforces and the broader STEM community.

April 23, 2021

The House Science Committee held a hearing last week to solicit ideas for bolstering the U.S. research enterprise, seeking to inform bipartisan innovation bills that it plans to advance in the coming months.

March 31, 2021

President Biden unveiled an infrastructure plan today that proposes spending more than $200 billion to boost the R&D capacity of the U.S., including by creating a technology-focused directorate within the National Science Foundation and a new national lab focused on climate.

February 26, 2021

Congress made mostly incremental changes to the budgets of federal STEM education programs for fiscal year 2021, rejecting Trump administration proposals for cuts and restructuring.

February 23, 2021

The Defense Department’s spending on R&D, test, and evaluation is leveling out after several years of rapid growth and funding for early-stage R&D accounts is increasing 5% to $16.9 billion.

January 22, 2021

FYI presents its annual list of 10 science policy stories to watch in the year ahead.

November 17, 2020

STEM education programs across federal agencies would see flat to moderately increased budgets under the House and Senate’s spending proposals for fiscal year 2021.

September 22, 2020

The House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act continue multi-year efforts to address national security risks related to climate change, bolster and diversify the defense STEM workforce, and increase defense labs’ ability to collaborate and innovate.