Progress report on the implementation of the federal STEM education strategic plan


About the National Science and Technology Council
The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) is the principal means by which the Executive
Branch coordinates science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the Federal
research and development enterprise. A primary objective of the NSTC is to ensure science and
technology policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s stated goals. The NSTC
prepares research and development strategies that are coordinated across Federal agencies aimed at
accomplishing multiple national goals. The work of the NSTC is organized under committees that
oversee subcommittees and working groups focused on different aspects of science and technology.
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About the Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was established by the National Science and
Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 to provide the President and others within
the Executive Office of the President with advice on the scientific, engineering, and technological
aspects of the economy, national security, homeland security, health, foreign relations, the
environment, and the technological recovery and use of resources, among other topics. OSTP leads
interagency science and technology policy coordination efforts, assists the Office of Management and
Budget with an annual review and analysis of Federal research and development in budgets, and serves
as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major
policies, plans, and programs of the Federal Government. More information is available at
About the Committee on STEM Education
The Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) was established pursuant to the requirements of Section
101 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (42 U.S.C. §6621). In accordance with the
Act, the Committee reviews science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education
programs, investments, and activities, and the respective assessments of each, in Federal agencies to
ensure that they are effective; coordinates, with the Office of Management and Budget, STEM education
programs, investments, and activities throughout the Federal agencies; and develops and implements
through the participating agencies a STEM education strategic plan, to be updated every five years. The
Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM) is a subcommittee of the NSTC Committee on STEM
Education (CoSTEM). FC-STEM advises and assists CoSTEM and serves as a forum to facilitate the
formulation and implementation of the strategic plan.
About this Document
The intent of this progress report is to provide Congress and the wider STEM education stakeholder
community an update on the Federal activities that occurred from June 2020 to February 2021. This
progress report includes: a summary of FC-STEM progress on the implementation of the STEM strategy,
a description of the ways Federal agencies will work together to address common challenges, and an
inventory of Federal STEM education programs. The annual report includes actual investments for
FY2020, estimated investments for FY2021, and requested funding levels for FY2022 .
Copyright Information
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§105). Subject to the stipulations below, it may be distributed and copied with acknowledgment to
OSTP. Copyrights to graphics included in this document are reserved by the original copyright holders
or their assignees and are used here under the Government’s license and by permission. Requests to
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is identified. Published in the United States of America, 2021

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