December 7, 1992
To improve the scientific basis for making decisions on environmental issues.
Increase scientific understanding of environmental issues by supporting credible, problem-focused interdisciplinary research.
Enhance decision making by comprehensive assessment of current environmental knowledge.
Enlarge access to environmental information, and better communicate scientific and technological results.
Strengthen capacity to address environmental issues by sponsoring higher education and training in the environmental sciences.
Science and information mission only; no regulatory or resource management role.
Commitment to problem-focused, interdisciplinary research to address strategic issues concerning environmental resources, systems, and sustainability.
Research to complement programs of existing federal agencies.
Extramural and competitive funding of peer-reviewed grants and contracts.
Representation of governmental, academic, business, and other non-governmental sectors in determining needs, and cooperation among these sectors in research, education and training.
Cooperation with international research and training agencies and organizations to assist in taking a comprehensive approach to cross-national and global environmental issues.