Areas of Interest

NCSES's mission focuses on six core areas of interest related to the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. Explore each topic and associated information below.
Science and Engineering Workforce.

Science and Engineering Workforce

We are the leading authority on scientists and engineers, including demographics, training, employment, and career paths.
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Research and Development.

Research and Development

We provide insight into the nation’s R&D performance and funding. 
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Higher Education Research and Development.

Higher Education Research and Development

We are the principal supplier of information on R&D expenditures within higher education institutions in the United States. 
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Government Funding for Science and Engineering.

Government Funding for Science and Engineering

We are the primary source of information on federal and state government funding in support of science and engineering activities across various sectors. 
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STEM Education.

STEM Education

We track the condition of STEM education in the United States through empirical data collection, research, and reporting.
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Innovation and Global Competitiveness.

Innovation and Global Competitiveness

We report on U.S. innovation and competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D within a global context. 
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