This report presents evidence and findings from the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) study of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science and Technology Centers Integrative Partnerships (STC) program. The study is supported by a merit-reviewed research grant directed at three specific assessment objectives of interest to NSF’s Office of Integrative Activities (OIA).
These objectives are to:
- assess the performance and accomplishments of the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Centers (STC) Integrative Partnerships program against program goals and objectives in research, education, knowledge transfer, diversity, and integrative partnerships;
- assess the effectiveness of the STC mode of support in addressing important science and technology grand challenges and emerging opportunities; and
- envision the future of the STC program in advancing U.S. leadership in science and technology.