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USGCRP Seeking Comments on Strategic Plan

The U.S. Global Change Research Program is requesting comments on program priorities outlined in a draft version of its next decadal strategic plan. USGCRP coordinates research across 13 federal agencies to understand the human-induced and natural processes that influence the Earth system, and Congress requires it to update its strategy every ten years.

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White House Seeks Input for Cislunar Space Strategy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking input to inform the development of a science and technology strategy for U.S. activities in cislunar space. The strategy will recommend R&D priorities and technical standards aimed at enabling a “robust, cooperative, and sustainable ecosystem in cislunar space.”

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NSTC Updating Big Data R&D Strategic Plan

The National Science and Technology Council is seeking comments on potential revisions to the 2016 Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan. In particular, it is seeking to “identify areas that should continue to be priority areas for federally funded research, new areas of risk or opportunity, and options for leveraging collaborations with other segments of the data innovation ecosystem to accelerate innovation, improve inclusive and equitable access, and broaden participation in Big Data R&D.” 

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DHS Seeking Input on STEM Visa Fields

The Department of Homeland security is seeking input on fields of study that should be included or removed from its STEM Designated Degree Program List. The list is used to determine eligibility for visa extensions under the Optional Practical Training program, which allows students with degrees in certain STEM fields to work in the U.S. for a period of time after graduation. DHS added 22 new STEM fields to the list earlier this year.

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NSF Seeking Advisory Committee Members

The National Science Foundation is seeking nominations for 15 of its advisory committees. There is a committee for each of NSF’s research and education directorates as well as committees dedicated to astronomy, STEM education, broadening participation in STEM, and agency operations. Committees generally meet twice per year and term lengths vary by committee. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis.

NIST Seeking Members for Advisory Committees

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking nominations for members to serve on seven of its advisory committees, including the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, which oversees the entire agency. The other committees focus on topics such as earthquake hazards reduction, building safety, manufacturing, and information security. Committee members are generally appointed to three year terms, which can be renewed. Nominations will be considered on a rolling basis.

National Academies Seeking Reviewers for Climate Assessment

The National Academies is soliciting nominations of technical reviewers for the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), which is expected to be available this fall. The committee is seeking experts across a wide range of fields, including physical and biological systems, agriculture, infrastructure and transportation, human health and social systems, equity and environmental justice, climate adaptation and resilience, and science communication. Individuals that have contributed to NCA5 are not eligible.

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