Letter of Transmittal


January 18, 2022

As Chair of the National Science Board (Board), it is my honor to transmit, on behalf of the Board, The State of U.S. Science and Engineering Indicators 2022. The Board submits this biennial report “on indicators of the state of science and engineering in the United States” as required by 42 U.S.C. § 1863(j)(1). The Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators) series provides a broad base of unbiased, quantitative information about the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) enterprise for use by policymakers, researchers, and the public.

Access the digital Indicators 2022 report here: https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsb20221. (Note that this URL will go “live” at 9:00 a.m. EST on January 18, 2022.) 

This report includes information on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels; the STEM workforce; U.S. and international research and development performance; U.S. competitiveness in high-technology industries; invention, knowledge transfer, and innovation; and public perceptions and awareness of science and technology. Indicators also includes an interactive, online tool that enables state comparisons on a variety of S&E indicators.

Indicators is a policy-relevant, policy-neutral source of high-quality U.S. and international data. The indicators presented in the report are quantitative representations relevant to the scope, quality, and vitality of the S&E enterprise. 

The Board hopes that you find the information in the Indicators 2022 report useful and timely for the planning of national priorities, policies, and programs in science and technology.

If you or your staff have any questions about the report, please contact Dr. John Veysey, NSB Executive Officer, at jveysey@nsf.gov or (703) 292-4527/7000. 

Ellen Ochoa


National Science Board