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Tue, February 04, 2014
The NAE Online Ethics Center (OEC), which provides resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems in engineering and research, has won a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will be used to expand the center’s efforts beyond engineering to incorporate all NSF-supported fields of science.
“Thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the engineering and scientific communities will be better prepared to recognize and respond to ethical issues and to promote active learning of the issues of social justice,” said C.D. Mote Jr., president of the National Academy of Engineering.
OEC’s improved content and structure will engage faculty, students, and practicing scientists and engineers to strengthen their attention to and understanding of issues of social justice and ethics. The website will place these issues within a framework that highlights the social significance of science and engineering and the role of ethics in sustaining these fields as trustworthy social institutions. To cultivate the engagement of a broad community of interested individual and organizations, an interdisciplinary advisory and management structure will guide the effort and include members of all three bodies of the National Academies and representatives from all the research communities that NSF supports.
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year 2012, its budget was $7 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities, and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. This year, NAE celebrates its 50th anniversary.