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create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth, and increase productivity and foreign trade.
The Foundation promotes the development of research talent through support of precollege, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral associates; special programs to identify and encourage participation by groups underrepresented in science and technology; and programs to strengthen research capability at smaller institutions, small businesses, undergraduate colleges, universities, and geographic regions.
The Foundation supports major national and international science and engineering activities, including the U.S. Antarctic Program, the Ocean Drilling Program, global geoscience studies, and others. Cooperative scientific and engineering research activities support exchange programs for American and foreign scientists and engineers, the execution of jointly designed research projects, participation in the activities of international science and engineering organizations, and travel to international conferences.
Support is provided through contracts and cooperative agreements with national centers where large facilities are made available for use by qualified scientists and engineers. Among the centers supported by the Foundation are the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Astronomy and lonosphere Center, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories.
The Foundation's science and engineering education activities include grants for research and development activities directed to model instructional materials for students and teachers and the application of advanced technologies to precollege education. Grants also are available for precollege teacher preparation and enhancement, and informal science education activities. At the undergraduate level, funding is provided for college science instrumentation, course and curriculum improvement, faculty and student
activities, and minority resource centers.
In addition, studies of the status of math, science, and engineering education are supported.
The Foundation supports research aimed at formulating national policy through analysis of existing and emerging issues that have significant scientific and engineering content. It defines options and supplies analysis directed toward enhancing the contribution of science and engineering to national goals. It also develops and disseminates information relating to the Nation's available human and financial resources for scientific and engineering activities.
The National Science Foundation presents annually the Alan T. Waterman Award to an outstanding young scientist or engineer for support of research and study. Periodically the National Science Board makes the honorary Vannevar Bush Award to a person who, through public service activities in science and technology, has made an outstanding contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the Nation. The two awards are designed to encourage individuals to seek to achieve the Nation's objectives in scientific and engineering research and education.
The Foundation also provides support for the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science.
Sources of Information
Board and Committee Minutes Summary minutes of the open meetings of the National Science Board may be obtained from the NSB Office. Phone, 202-357-9585. Summary minutes of the Foundation's advisory groups may be obtained from the contacts listed in the notice of meetings published in the Federal Register. General information about the Foundation's advisory groups may be obtained from the Division of Personnel and Management, Room 208, Washington, DC 20550. Phone, 202357-9520.
Contracts The Foundation publicizes contracting and subcontracting opportunities in the Commerce Business Daily and other appropriate publications. Organizations seeking to undertake
contract work for the Foundation should contact either the Division of Grants and Contracts (phone, 202-357-7880) or the Division of Administrative Services (phone, 202-357-7922), National Science Foundation, Room 248, Washington, DC 20550.
Employment Inquiries may be directed to the National Science Foundation, Division of Personnel and Management, Room 208, Washington, DC 20550. Phone, 202-357-9859. The Division of Personnel and Management has a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) that enables individuals with hearing impairments to communicate with the NSF personnel office for information relating to NSF programs, employment, or general information. The TDD number is 202-357-7492. Freedom of Information Requests Requests for agency records should be submitted in accordance with the NSF FOIA regulation at 45 CFR Part 612. Such requests should be clearly indentified with "FOIA REQUEST" and addressed to the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Room 527, Washington, DC 20550. Phone, 202-357-9498. Grants Individuals or organizations who plan to submit grant proposals should refer to the NSF Guide to Programs and appropriate program brochures and announcements that may be obtained as indicated in the reference to publications, below. Beginning graduate and minority graduate students wishing to apply for fellowships should contact the Directorate for Science and Engineering Education. Phone, 202-3577856.
Privacy Act Requests Requests for personal records should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Privacy Act regulation at 45 CFR Part 613. Such requests should be clearly indentified with "PRIVACY ACT REQUEST" and addressed to the Privacy Act Officer, Room 208, Washington, DC 20550. Phone, 202-357-9520.
Publications The National Science Board assesses the status and health of science and its various disciplines, including such matters as national resources and manpower, in reports
submitted to the President for submission to the Congress. The most recent report is Science and Engineering Indicators, 1987.
Detailed brochures are issued by NSF announcing and describing new programs and critical dates and application procedures for competitions, and may be obtained from the Forms and Publications Unit, National Science Foundation, Room 232, Washington, DC 20550. Phone, 202-357-7861. Also available is Grants for Research and Education in Science and Engineering, which provides guidance for the preparation of unsolicited proposals to NSF. The monthly NSF Bulletin, summarizing program announcements and other NSF activities, is available from the Editor, NSF Bulletin, National Science Foundation, Room 527, Washington, DC 20550. Phone, 202-357-9498.
Other publications include: NSF Annual Report, Grant Policy Manual (NSF 77-47, as revised), which contains comprehensive statements of NSF grant administration policy, procedures, and guidance; Guide to Programs, which summarizes information about NSF support programs; Mosaic, the NSF magazine; and the Antarctic Journal of the United States (quarterly, plus an annual review issue). These publications are available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Information concerning engineering resources may be obtained from the Office of the Assistant Director for Engineering, National Science Foundation, Room 537, Washington, DC 20550. Phone, 202-357-7706. Reading Room A collection of Agency policy documents, and staff instructions, as well as current indexes, are available to the public for inspection and copying during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m.5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the NSF Library, Room 245, Washington, DC 20550. Phone, 202-357-7811. Small Business Activities The Office of Small Business Research and Development provides information on opportunities for NSF support to small businesses with strong research
capabilities in science and technology. Phone, 202-357-7464. The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business
Utilization oversees NSF compliance with
the provisions of the Small Business Act and Small Business Investment Act of 1958, as amended (15 U.S.C. 631, 661, 683). Phone, 202-357-7464.
For further information, contact the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, National Science
NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20594
[For the National Transportation Safety Board statement of organization, see the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 800]
The National Transportation Safety Board seeks to assure that all types of transportation in the United States are conducted safely. The Board investigates accidents, conducts studies, and makes recommendations to Government agencies, the transportation industry, and others on safety measures and practices.
The National Transportation Safety Board
The Safety Board consists of five Board members appointed by the President by
and with the advice and consent of the Senate for 5-year terms. The President designates two of these members as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board for 2-year terms. The designation of the Chairman is made by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The mission of the National
Transportation Safety Board is to promote vctransportation safety by conducting independent investigations of accidents and other safety problems and by formulating safety improvement recommendations.
Accident Investigation The Board is responsible for investigating, determining probable cause, making safety recommendations, and reporting the facts and circumstances of:
—all U.S. civil aviation accidents; -all railroad accidents in which there is a fatality or substantial property damage, or that involve a passenger train;
-all pipeline accidents in which there is a fatality or substantial property damage;
-highway accidents, including railroad grade-crossing accidents, which the Board selects in cooperation with the States;
-major marine casualties, and marine accidents involving a public vessel and a nonpublic vessel, in accordance with regulations prescribed jointly by the Board and the U.S. Coast Guard; and
-other transportation accidents that are catastrophic, involve problems of a recurring character, or otherwise should be investigated in the judgment of the Board.
Safety Problem Identification In addition, the Board makes
recommendations on matters pertaining to transportation safety and is a catalyst for transportation accident prevention by conducting safety studies and special investigations, assessing techniques of accident investigation and publishing recommended procedures for accident investigations, establishing regulatory requirements for reporting accidents, evaluating the transportation safety consciousness and efficacy of other Government agencies in the prevention of accidents, evaluating the adequacy of safeguards and procedures concerning the transportation of hazardous materials and the performance of other Government agencies charged with
Sources of Information
Contracts and Procurement Inquiries regarding the Safety Board's procurement and contracting activities should be addressed to the Chief, Operations and Facilities Division, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC 20594. Phone, 202-382-6725. Employment Send applications for employment to the Personnel and Training Division, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC 20594. Phone, 202-382-6717.
Publications Publications are provided free of charge to the following categories of subscribers: Federal, State, or local transportation agencies; international transportation organizations or foreign governments; educational institutions or public libraries; nonprofit public safety organizations; and the news media. Persons in these categories who are