The Nomination Process
Nominations for appointment to the class of 2012 – 2018 are now closed.
Recommendations for nominations for the class of 2012 – 2018 are currently under review and will be submitted to both the Office of Science and
Technology Policy and the White House Office of Presidential Personnel when the review process is complete.
The submission of recommendations to the White House completes the NSB involvement in the process. It is important to note that the names
submitted by the NSB are purely recommendations. The nomination for NSB members are made by the President of the United States. The President may choose
nominees from among those submitted by the NSB or from other sources as specified below. The nominations process for the Class of 2014 – 2020 is expected
to open in the summer of 2013.
The National Science Board’s Role in the Member Appointment Process
The National Science Board (NSB) is responsible for assembling and transmitting to the White House, recommendations
for appointment of new NSB Members from the various scientific, engineering, and educational organizations and
societies. In its review of candidates, the Board applies the statutory eligibility requirements and also looks at
demographics, balance among professional fields, active researchers, teachers and administrators, and industrial
It is important to note that the names submitted by the NSB are purely recommendations.
The nomination for NSB members are made by the President of the United States. The President may choose nominees from
among those submitted by the NSB or from other sources.
Statutory Eligibility Requirements for Board Members
The National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, stipulates that the Board should be composed of broadly
experienced individuals of distinguished achievement and representative of a broad range of disciplinary interests.
It also draws attention to the need for equitable representation of individuals from underrepresented groups, and
provides explicit criteria and eligibility requirements for membership on the Board, as described in Sections 4(c)
and (d), quoted here:
(c) The persons nominated for appointment as members on the Board (1) shall be eminent in the fields of
basic, medical, or social sciences, engineering, agriculture, education, research management or public
affairs; (2) shall be selected solely on the basis of established records of distinguished service; and (3)
shall be so selected as to provide representation of the views of scientific and engineering leaders in all
areas of the Nation. In making nominations under this section, the President shall give due regard to equitable
representation of scientists and engineers who are women or who represent minority groups. The President is
requested, in the making of nominations of persons for appointment as members, to give due consideration to
any recommendations for nomination which may be submitted to him by the National Academy of Sciences, the
National Academy of Engineering, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, the
Association of American Universities, the Association of American Colleges, the Association of State Colleges
and Universities, or by other scientific, engineering, or educational organizations.
(d) The term of office of each member of the Board shall be six years; except that any member appointed to
fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be
appointed for the remainder of such term. Any person, other than the Director, who has been a member of the
Board for twelve consecutive years shall thereafter be ineligible for appointment during the two-year period
following the expiration of such twelfth year.
Nomination and Appointment Process
The nomination and appointment process takes approximately 18 months. Key steps include the Board's review of
nominations and recommendations to the White House, evaluation of potential nominees by the Office of Presidential
Personnel, nomination by the President, consideration and approval of nominees by the U.S. Senate, appointment by the
President, and the swearing in at an open meeting of the Board.
For Further Information
For information on the nominations process, contact:
Ms. Kim Silverman
National Science Board
The information requested on the application materials is solicited under the authority of the National Science
Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. It will be used in connection with the selection of qualified applicants and may
be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants and to other government agencies as part of the review process.
Biographical and background information from publicly available sources may also be used for this purpose. See Systems
of Records, NSF-12, "Fellowships and Other Awards," 63 Federal Register 265 (January 5, 1998). Submission of the
information is voluntary; however, failure to provide full and complete information may reduce the possibility of
recommendation for appointment.
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needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or
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