President Donald Trump is pushing to create a national science institute, and that means bringing in a new group of science experts from abroad.
The White House has proposed funding $40 million for the Institute of Science and Engineering in the Arts, which would be housed in the National Science Foundation, or NSF, and run under the direction of a new executive director.
The proposal, which was obtained by Recode, would create a National Science Academy, or NAS, in Washington, D.C., as well as a new interdisciplinary institute at the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, under the auspices of the National Center for Science Education.
The White, White House and NSF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump’s proposal also would create an office of science in science and technology policy, to be headed by a new NSF director, a former NIH director and an associate of science.
It would also create a science advisory board, with members who would have no official role in NSF.
It’s not clear how much of a role the White House intends to play in shaping the institute’s direction.
The NSF is currently the leading provider of research funding for the country’s academic institutions.
Trump has said he plans to use the money to rebuild the U.S. military and to spur innovation in areas like biomedical research.
But he’s also suggested cutting back on other federal programs, including those aimed at science education and research.
He has also proposed cutting the number of NSF grants awarded to universities by more than 50 percent, though his administration has not provided details.
The Trump administration has also pledged to dramatically shrink the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal organization that helps support scientific research, from more than $6 billion to $4.5 billion in the next fiscal year.
It’s been at the center of an ongoing legal battle with Congress over how to use NSF funds.
The National Science Board would also have oversight of all NSF programs, as well a new Office of Science Innovation, the Office of Information Technology Policy, and a National Center of Science Education and Science Policy.
The new office of Science in Science and Technology Policy is part of Trump’s push to boost the nation’s science output, which has stagnated in recent years.
The president has repeatedly touted the nation is one of the best places in the world to work in, and the administration has pledged to spend billions of dollars to spur more innovation.
But the administration also has faced criticism for its slow pace of science investment.
For instance, a new report from the Government Accountability Office this week found that the administration’s research-funding efforts have slowed by just 10 percent, while inflation is running at more than 10 percent.
And a separate GAO report this month found that in the first nine months of the Trump administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has seen fewer than half as many grant awards as it had in the same period of time in 2016.