Appendix A
Statement of Task

At the request of the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, and the National Science Foundation Chemistry Division, the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology will perform an international benchmarking exercise to determine the standing of the U.S. research enterprise relative to its international peers in the field of chemistry. The benchmarking exercise will address the following:

  • What is the position of U.S. research in chemistry relative to that in other regions or countries?

  • What are the key factors influencing relative U.S. performance in chemistry (i.e., human resources, equipment, infrastructure, etc.)?

  • On the basis of current trends in the United States and worldwide, extrapolate to the U.S. relative position in the near and longer-term future.



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The Future of U.S. Chemistry Research: Benchmarks and Challenges Appendix A Statement of Task At the request of the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, and the National Science Foundation Chemistry Division, the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology will perform an international benchmarking exercise to determine the standing of the U.S. research enterprise relative to its international peers in the field of chemistry. The benchmarking exercise will address the following: What is the position of U.S. research in chemistry relative to that in other regions or countries? What are the key factors influencing relative U.S. performance in chemistry (i.e., human resources, equipment, infrastructure, etc.)? On the basis of current trends in the United States and worldwide, extrapolate to the U.S. relative position in the near and longer-term future.