National Science and Technology Council

National Science and Technology Council
Agency overview
FormedNovember 23, 1993
Headquarters725 17th Street, Washington, D.C.
Agency executive
Parent agencyExecutive Office of the President

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) was established in the US by Executive Order 12881 on November 23, 1993.


The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) was established in the US by Executive order on November 23, 1993. This Cabinet-level council is the principal means within the executive branch to coordinate science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the Federal research and development enterprise. Chaired by the President and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the membership of the NSTC is made up of the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and Agency Heads with significant science and technology responsibilities, and other White House officials where necessary.


A primary objective of the NSTC is the establishment of clear national goals for Federal science and technology investments in a broad array of areas spanning virtually all the mission areas of the executive branch. The Council prepares research and development strategies that are coordinated across Federal agencies to form investment packages aimed at accomplishing multiple national goals.

The work of the NSTC is organized under six primary committees; Science, Technology, Environment and Natural Resources and Homeland, STEM Education, Science and Technology Enterprise and National Security. Each of these committees oversees subcommittees and working groups focused on different aspects of science and technology and working to coordinate across the federal government.

Key Staff and Committees

  • Co-Chair: President Donald Trump
  • Co-Chair: Vacant
    • Executive Director: Vacant

Committee on the Science & Technology Enterprise

Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR)

Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS)

Committee on Science (CoS)

Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM)

Committee on Technology (CoT)

  • Chair: Vacant, Office of Science and Technology Policy


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