The U.S. Department of Education’s National Science Foundation (NSF) will no longer be able to award grants to research centers in the field of international education.
The decision comes amid concerns over research funding at the NSF, which was awarded a $2.6 billion grant in 2016 to help fund its efforts to support the international development of STEM subjects.
The NSF has been a critical player in the development of international STEM subjects, and in particular in the areas of education and science literacy.
In 2016, the NSR awarded $2 billion to help finance research projects in STEM subjects across the United States, and it has also been a supporter of international science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
As a result of the NSFWO’s decision, research funding for international education projects will no more be awarded to institutions that are part of the Department of Science Education.
The NSFWA said it was concerned that the grants could become cash cows for academic institutions.
The NSFWB said it also was concerned by the NSRF’s “unfairness.”
“This is a critical development for the nation and the world.
We want to ensure that the resources that are allocated to our students and faculty at the universities of our country are fully and equitably used,” said Dr. Matthew McInerney, director of the National Science Education Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in a statement.
“There is no reason why we can’t support research in the fields of science, engineering, technology and mathematics that are directly related to our national needs,” McInerny added.
The Department of Defense, meanwhile, said it has not yet made a decision on whether to support research.
“While we are reviewing the funding decisions at the department level, we have no current plans to allocate funding to NSF-funded projects,” said Lt.
Col. Paul J. O’Donnell, a Pentagon spokesman.
The move is not a surprise, however.
NSF’s annual report for fiscal year 2017 shows the organization received $1.3 billion in federal funding for its international education programs in 2016, up $944 million from the year before.
That number was $1 billion higher than the same year the organization had received $822 million in funding.