Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; NSF Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Program, 32071-32072 [2021-12666]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the NEA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed information collection on arts participation in the U.S. A copy of the current information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the address section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the address section below within 60 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Sunil Iyengar, National Endowment for the Arts, via email (research@arts.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NEA is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Dated: June 11, 2021. Meghan Jugder, Support Services Specialist, Office of Administrative Services & Contracts, National Endowment for the Arts. [FR Doc. 2021–12653 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7537–01–P jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; NSF Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Program National Science Foundation. Submission for OMB review; comment request. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. DATES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAmain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to splimpto@ nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays). Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703–292– 7556. NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number, and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: NSF INTERN Program Assessment. OMB Number: 3145–NEW. Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to establish an information collection. Abstract: Fostering the growth of a globally competitive and diverse research workforce and advancing the scientific and innovation skills of the Nation is a strategic objective of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Nation’s global competitiveness depends critically on the readiness of the Nation’s Science, Technology, PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32071 Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and NSF seeks to continue to invest in programs that directly advance this workforce. As part of this effort, NSF invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities to ensure they are well-prepared for the 21st century STEM Workforce, and a supplemental funding opportunity is available in fiscal year FY 2021 to provide support for graduate students through non-academic research internships (INTERN Program) in any sector of the U.S. economy. The goal of the INTERN program is three-fold: 1. To provide graduate students with the opportunity to augment their research assistantships with nonacademic research internship activities and training opportunities that will complement their academic research training. 2. To allow graduate students to pursue activities aimed at acquiring professional development experience that will enhance their preparation for multiple career pathways after graduation. 3. To encourage the participation of graduate students from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: Women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indian, Alaska Natives. In order to support the agency’s mission and continue meeting the program’s goals, we are asking the graduate students who participated in the INTERN program to report the following information: • Logistics of the Internship Æ Start and end date Æ Principal Investigator supporting the internship Æ Host organization Æ Host mentor • Internship Experience Æ Hours worked Æ Job Training Æ Interaction with host mentor Æ Location of the host organization Æ Work environment Æ Company culture Æ Project scope Æ Overall satisfaction • Industry Best Practices & Skills Development Æ Introducing industry best practices to academic environment Æ Forthcoming Publications resulting from the internship Æ Experiential learning and professional preparation • Post-graduate/Career Plans Æ General career direction after E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 32072 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES graduation Æ Helpfulness of the internship experience in making career choices Æ Likelihood of working at the host organization or similar organizations Since the agency will not be able to receive feedback from students by way of annual reports, being able to collect this information will help the managing Program Directors to assess whether the INTERN program helps participants in terms of workforce development, career decisions, and professional preparation, thereby ensuring the program goals are met. In addition, these data will also allow NSF to evaluate the intellectual merit of the program, its broader impact in developing the STEM workforce and its potential to enhance the participation of underrepresented and underserved STEM communities in such traineeships. Finally, in compliance with the Evidence Act of 2019, information collected will be used in satisfying congressional requests, responding to queries from the public, informing the NSF’s external Committees of Visitors who serve to evaluate the foundation, working with the NSF’s Office of the Inspector General, and supporting the agency’s policymaking and internal evaluation and assessment needs. Information collected in this survey will include the name of the participants, their affiliated organizations, email addresses, and home states. These personal identifiable information (PII) are collected primarily for record tracking and organizing. In addition, questions pertaining to participants’ gender, race, ethnicity, and disability status will also be asked but those questions will be marked as voluntary. These PII data will be accessed only by the managing Program Directors, NSF senior management, and supporting staff conducting analyses using the data as authorized by NSF. Any public reporting of data will be in aggregate form, and any personal identifiers will be removed. Use of the Information: The information collected is primarily for program assessment and agency internal evaluation. Estimate burden on the public: Estimated 20 minutes per survey for 250 participants, for a total of 83 hours per year. Respondents: Graduate students who participate in the INTERN program. Estimated number of respondents: 1,000 the first year; 250 annually. Average Time per Reporting: 20 minutes. Frequency: Annually. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: June 10, 2021. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2021–12666 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; NSF ICorps Regional Hubs Assessment National Science Foundation. Submission for OMB review; comment request. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register and one request for a copy of the information collection was received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. DATES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAmain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to splimpto@ nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays). Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703–292– 7556. NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number, and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Reporting Requirements for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (ICorps) Hubs Program. OMB Number: 3145–NEW. Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to establish an information collection. Abstract: NSF’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), within the Engineering Directorate, serves a wide range of grantees across five major programs. The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program was established at NSF in FY 2012 to equip scientists with the entrepreneurial tools needed to transform discoveries with commercial realization potential into innovative technologies. The goal of the I-Corps Program is to use experiential education to help researchers reduce the time necessary to translate a promising idea from the laboratory bench to widespread implementation. In addition to accelerating technology translation, NSF seeks to reduce the risk associated with technology development conducted without insight into industry requirements and challenges. The ICorps Program uses a lean startup approach to encourage scientists to think like entrepreneurs through intensive workshop training and ongoing support. The program focuses on teams comprised of a Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurial Lead, and Mentor that work together to explore commercialization for their researchderived products. In FY 2017, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), Public Law 114–329, Sec 601, formally authorized and directed the expansion of NSF I-Corps Program by increasing E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; NSF 
Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) 
Program

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the 
following information collection requirement to OMB for review and 
clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second 
notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal 
Register and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed 
renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice.

DATES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAmain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance 
Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, 
Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to [email protected]. Individuals 
who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the 
Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is 
accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including 
federal holidays). Comments regarding this information collection are 
best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of 
this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by 
calling 703-292-7556.
    NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless 
the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control 
number, and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to 
the collection of information that such persons are not required to 
respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently 
valid OMB control number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title of Collection: NSF INTERN Program Assessment.
    OMB Number: 3145-NEW.
    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to establish an 
information collection.
    Abstract: Fostering the growth of a globally competitive and 
diverse research workforce and advancing the scientific and innovation 
skills of the Nation is a strategic objective of the National Science 
Foundation (NSF). The Nation's global competitiveness depends 
critically on the readiness of the Nation's Science, Technology, 
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and NSF seeks to continue 
to invest in programs that directly advance this workforce. As part of 
this effort, NSF invests in a number of graduate student preparedness 
activities to ensure they are well-prepared for the 21st century STEM 
Workforce, and a supplemental funding opportunity is available in 
fiscal year FY 2021 to provide support for graduate students through 
non-academic research internships (INTERN Program) in any sector of the 
U.S. economy.
    The goal of the INTERN program is three-fold:
    1. To provide graduate students with the opportunity to augment 
their research assistantships with non-academic research internship 
activities and training opportunities that will complement their 
academic research training.
    2. To allow graduate students to pursue activities aimed at 
acquiring professional development experience that will enhance their 
preparation for multiple career pathways after graduation.
    3. To encourage the participation of graduate students from groups 
that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the 
STEM enterprise: Women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/
Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indian, Alaska Natives.
    In order to support the agency's mission and continue meeting the 
program's goals, we are asking the graduate students who participated 
in the INTERN program to report the following information:

 Logistics of the Internship
    [cir] Start and end date
    [cir] Principal Investigator supporting the internship
    [cir] Host organization
    [cir] Host mentor
 Internship Experience
    [cir] Hours worked
    [cir] Job Training
    [cir] Interaction with host mentor
    [cir] Location of the host organization
    [cir] Work environment
    [cir] Company culture
    [cir] Project scope
    [cir] Overall satisfaction
 Industry Best Practices & Skills Development
    [cir] Introducing industry best practices to academic environment
    [cir] Forthcoming Publications resulting from the internship
    [cir] Experiential learning and professional preparation
 Post-graduate/Career Plans
    [cir] General career direction after

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graduation
    [cir] Helpfulness of the internship experience in making career 
choices
    [cir] Likelihood of working at the host organization or similar 
organizations

    Since the agency will not be able to receive feedback from students 
by way of annual reports, being able to collect this information will 
help the managing Program Directors to assess whether the INTERN 
program helps participants in terms of workforce development, career 
decisions, and professional preparation, thereby ensuring the program 
goals are met. In addition, these data will also allow NSF to evaluate 
the intellectual merit of the program, its broader impact in developing 
the STEM workforce and its potential to enhance the participation of 
underrepresented and underserved STEM communities in such traineeships. 
Finally, in compliance with the Evidence Act of 2019, information 
collected will be used in satisfying congressional requests, responding 
to queries from the public, informing the NSF's external Committees of 
Visitors who serve to evaluate the foundation, working with the NSF's 
Office of the Inspector General, and supporting the agency's 
policymaking and internal evaluation and assessment needs.
    Information collected in this survey will include the name of the 
participants, their affiliated organizations, email addresses, and home 
states. These personal identifiable information (PII) are collected 
primarily for record tracking and organizing. In addition, questions 
pertaining to participants' gender, race, ethnicity, and disability 
status will also be asked but those questions will be marked as 
voluntary. These PII data will be accessed only by the managing Program 
Directors, NSF senior management, and supporting staff conducting 
analyses using the data as authorized by NSF. Any public reporting of 
data will be in aggregate form, and any personal identifiers will be 
removed.
    Use of the Information: The information collected is primarily for 
program assessment and agency internal evaluation.
    Estimate burden on the public: Estimated 20 minutes per survey for 
250 participants, for a total of 83 hours per year.
    Respondents: Graduate students who participate in the INTERN 
program.
    Estimated number of respondents: 1,000 the first year; 250 
annually.
    Average Time per Reporting: 20 minutes.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.

    Dated: June 10, 2021.
Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2021-12666 Filed 6-15-21; 8:45 am]
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