Newswise — Today the WE Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will continue a longstanding collaboration on scientific and technical research and enable increased partnership to address the most important challenges of the 21st century.
“This memorandum of understanding will allow us to strengthen the partnership between the DOE and the NSF. This will expand everyone’s capabilities and allow us to continue to develop American leadership in science and technology,” said Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, director of the DOE’s Office of Science. “These types of partnerships are essential to address current and future scientific challenges.
“Addressing contemporary challenges cannot happen in a vacuum. Partnerships are the best way to make an impact on the world’s biggest and toughest challenges,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “As sister agencies, the DOE Office of Science and NSF share the same goals of advancing the nation’s science and technology ecosystem. This memorandum of understanding enables the agencies to increase their impact by leveraging investments on the other to accelerate discovery and innovation.”
This MOU will build on previous DOE and NSF research partnerships, such as collaboration on large physics experiments, coordination of field environmental resources, partnerships on basic plasma sources , quantum information science and technology, and access to scientific user facilities. It will also provide opportunities for increased collaboration in biotechnology, quantum information science and engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced manufacturing, microelectronics , climate science and clean energy. Developing a diverse and inclusive STEM workforce is also a priority for both agencies.
To realize the full potential of CHIPS and the Science Act of 2022, federal funding agencies will need to have closer coordination and increased collaboration. This memorandum of understanding will help the Office of Science and NSF facilitate the fulfillment of commitments that will increase the impact of research and development funding.
The DOE Office of Science is the nation’s largest supporter of basic physical science research, manages 10 DOE National Laboratories, and is dedicated to providing breakthrough scientific discoveries and scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and make advancing energy, economy and national. United States security. With an annual budget of $8.1 billion (fiscal year 2023), the Office of Science funds research at DOE national laboratories and more than 340 universities and colleges. Funding from the Office of Science supports thousands of student and career scientists, and more than 38,000 users at 28 science user facilities.
The NSF is an independent federal agency established by Congress in 1950 “to promote the advancement of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to provide for the national defense…” Each year, the NSF NSF investments reach approximately 300,000 people across approximately 2,000 institutions in every state and territory. With an annual budget of $9.5 billion (fiscal year 2023), the NSF funds approximately 25% of all federally supported basic research conducted by US colleges and universities. In many areas such as math, computer science, and social science, the NSF is the primary source of federal support.
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