STEM Education & Workforce

December 15, 2021

Science and technology provisions included in Congress’ latest defense policy update reflect lawmakers ongoing interest in accelerating the adoption of emerging technologies; advancing specific technology categories such as quantum computing, microelectronics, and biotechnology; and streamlining collaboration between the Defense Department and extramural researchers.

Members of the Hubble Telescope operations team in the control room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
December 14, 2021

The National Academies' latest decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics recommends federal agencies expand their efforts to address persistent demographic disparities in the field and urges astronomers to deepen their engagement with local communities.

NASA astronaut
December 9, 2021

STEM education programs across federal agencies would see budget increases under the House’s and Senate’s spending proposals for fiscal year 2022, portions of which would support diversity and inclusion initiatives proposed by the Biden administration.

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.


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