In September 2000 the National Science Board established the Task Force on Science and Engineering Infrastructure (INF), under the auspices of its Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP). The INF was charged to:
|“||[u]ndertake and guide an assessment of the fundamental science and engineering infrastructure in the United States . . . with the aim of informing the national dialogue on S&E infrastructure and highlighting the role of NSF as well as the larger resource and management strategies of interest to Federal policymakers in both the executive and legislative branches. The report should enable an assessment of the current status of the national S&E infrastructure, the changing needs of S&E, and the requirements for a capability of appropriate quality, size and scope to ensure continuing U.S. leadership.||”|
On December 4, 2002, the Task Force published its report, titled Science and Engineering Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Role of the National Science Foundation.