Advisory Committees

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) relies on the judgement of external experts to provide advice and recommendations on its programs.

NSF's advisory committees advise the agency on issues such as:

  • How to maintain high standards of program support for research, education and infrastructure.
  • Policy deliberations, program development and management.
  • Identifying disciplinary needs and areas of opportunities.
  • Promoting openness to the research and education community served by the agency.

Other advisory committees

Some of NSF's advisory committees advise on specific topics, such as equal opportunities in science and engineering and business operations.

Recommend a person for an NSF advisory committee

If you would like to recommend a person for an NSF advisory committee membership, submit an application to the relevant Point of Contact listed on the advisory committee's webpage. The application package must include:

  1. The nominee's full name, organizational affiliation, and contact information, including mailing address, telephone number, fax number and email address.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vita (up to five pages).
  3. A statement of the nominee’s interest in serving.

Federally registered lobbyists are not eligible for appointment to these federal advisory committees.

Although we welcome recommendations, we regret that NSF will not be able to acknowledge or respond positively to each person who contacts NSF or has been recommended to NSF.

Committee members serve for varying term lengths, depending on the nature of the individual committee.

Members are selected to achieve a balance of viewpoints. Many factors are considered when selecting committee membership, including expertise; qualifications; and the diversity of institutions, regions and groups underrepresented in STEM.