Letter of Transmittal

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January 15, 2020

As Chair of the National Science Board (Board), it is my honor to transmit, on behalf of the Board, Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators) 2020. The Board submits this biennial report “on indicators of the state of science and engineering in the United States” as required by 42 U.S.C. § 1863(j)(1). The Indicators series provides a broad base of unbiased, quantitative information about the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) enterprise for use by policymakers, researchers, and the public.

Access the digital Indicators 2020 report here: https://ncses.nsf.gov/indicators
(Note that this URL will go “live” at 9:00 a.m. EST on January 15, 2020.)

This digital report includes information on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels; the scientific and engineering workforce; U.S. and international research and development performance; U.S. competitiveness in high-technology industries; invention, knowledge transfer, and innovation; and public attitudes and understanding of S&E. Indicators 2020 also includes an interactive, online tool that enables state comparisons on a variety of S&E indicators.

With the 2020 edition, Indicators is being redesigned to be maximally useful and accessible for stakeholders while maintaining its high quality and leveraging its digital platform. The attached report, “The State of U.S. Science & Engineering,” delivered in fulfillment of the statutory requirement, presents a condensed summary of key themes and data from a series of nine streamlined “thematic” Indicators reports.

The Board hopes that you find the information in the Indicators 2020 report useful and timely for the planning of national priorities, policies, and programs in science and technology.

If you or your staff have any questions about the report, please contact Dr. John Veysey, NSB Executive Officer, at jveysey@nsf.gov or (703)-292-4527/7000.

Diane L. Souvaine


National Science Board


National Science Foundation, National Science Board. 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, USA.  Phone: (703) 292-7000.  website: www.nsf.gov/nsb.  email: NationalScienceBrd@nsf.gov.