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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.

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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

We provide insight into the nation’s R&D performance and funding. 

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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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Federal Funding for Science and Engineering

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

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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

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

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