15 U.S. Code § 5521 - National Science Foundation activities

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§ 5521.
National Science Foundation activities
As part of the Program described in subchapter I—
the National Science Foundation shall provide high-end computing and networking infrastructure support for all science and engineering disciplines, and support basic research and human resource development in all aspects of networking and information technology; and
the National Science Foundation shall use its existing programs, in collaboration with other agencies, as appropriate, to improve the teaching and learning of networking and information technology at all levels of education and to increase participation in networking and information technology fields, including by individuals identified in sections 1885a and 1885b of title 42.
(Pub. L. 102–194, title II, § 201, Dec. 9, 1991, 105 Stat. 1599; Pub. L. 114–329, title I, § 105(j), Jan. 6, 2017, 130 Stat. 2983.)

2017—Pub. L. 114–329, § 105(j)(1)(A), (2), struck out subsec. (a) designation and heading “General responsibilities” and struck out subsec. (b) which authorized appropriations for fiscal years 1992 to 1996.

Par. (1). Pub. L. 114–329, § 105(j)(1)(B), inserted “high-end” after “National Science Foundation shall provide” and substituted “networking and information technology; and” for “high-performance computing and advanced high-speed computer networking;”.

Par. (2). Pub. L. 114–329, § 105(j)(1)(C), (D), added par. (2) and struck out former par. (2) which read as follows: “to the extent that colleges, universities, and libraries cannot connect to the Network with the assistance of the private sector, the National Science Foundation shall have primary responsibility for assisting colleges, universities, and libraries to connect to the Network;”.

Pars. (3), (4). Pub. L. 114–329, § 105(j)(1)(C), struck out pars. (3) and (4) which read as follows:

“(3) the National Science Foundation shall serve as the primary source of information on access to and use of the Network; and

“(4) the National Science Foundation shall upgrade the National Science Foundation funded network, assist regional networks to upgrade their capabilities, and provide other Federal departments and agencies the opportunity to connect to the National Science Foundation funded network.”


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