PUBLIC LAW 90-407-JULY 18, 1968
Public Law 90-407 July 18, 1968 [H. R. 5404]
To amend the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 to malje changes and improvements in the organization and operation of the Foundation, and for other jmrposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and Houm of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 3 of the 1950, amendments. Natioiial Sciciice Foundation Act of 1950 is amended to read as
National Science F o u n d a t i o n Act of 64 Stat. 149. 42 USC 1862.
Reports to P r e s i d e n t and
OF THE F O U N D A T I O N
"SEC. 3. (a) The Foundation is authorized and directed— "(1) to initiate and support basic scientific research and programs to strengthen scientific research potential in the mathematical, physical, medical, biological, engineering, social, and other sciences, by making contracts or other arrangements (including grants, loans, and other forms of assistance) to support such scientific activities and to appraise the impact of research upon industrial development and upon the general welfare; "(2) to award, as provided in section 10, scholarships and graduate fellowships in the mathematical, physical, medical, biological, engineering, social, and other sciences; "(3) to foster the interchange of scientific information among scientists in the United States and foreign countries; " (4) to foster and support the development and use of computer and other scientific methods and technologies, primarily for research and education in the sciences; "(5) to evaluate the status and needs of the various sciences as evidenced by programs, projects, and studies undertaken by agencies of the Federal Goveriunent, by individuals, and by public and private research groups, employing by grant or contract such consulting services as it may deem necessary for the purpose of such evaluations; and to take into consideration the results of such evaluations in correlating the research and educational programs undertaken or supported by the Foundation with programs, projects, and studies undertaken by agencies of the Federal Government, by individuals, and by public and private research groups; "(6) to maintain a current register of scientific and technical personnel, and in other ways to provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on the availability of, and the current and projected need for, scientific and technical resources in the Ignited States, and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies of the Federal Government; and "(7) to initiate and maintain a program for the determination of the total amount of money for scientific research, including money allocated for the construction of the facilities wherein such research is conducted, received by each educational institution and appropriate nonprofit organization in the United States, by grant, contract, or other arrangement from agencies of the Federal Government, and to report annually thereon to the President and the Congress. " (b) The Foundation is authorized to initiate and support specific scientific activities in connection with matters relating to international cooperation or national security by making contracts or other arrangements (including grants, loans, and other forms of assistance) for the conduct of such scientific activities. Such activities when initiated or supported pursuant to requests made by the Secretary of State or