NSF Announces Name Change of Education Directorate
On October 25, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) had been renamed to the Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) in an effort to more accurately reflect the directorate’s portfolio and focus. In addition, the Division of Human Resource Development within the Directorate has been renamed the Division of Equity for Excellence in STEM (EES).The name changes were initially proposed in the President’s FY 2023 budget request to Congress.
The newly named EDU Directorate, which funds education research grants and career development opportunities for scientists, reportedly will not have its portfolio or core programs meaningfully changed. The EES Division will similarly retain its function in broadening participation of historically underrepresented communities in STEM. More information is available in the NSF announcement.