[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 185 (Wednesday, September 23, 2020)]
[Page 59831]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20997]



Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; 
Graduate Research Fellowships Program

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request.


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 
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).
    Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 infor
    Title of Collection: Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
    OMB Number: 3145-0023.
    Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: Section 10 of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 
(42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.), as amended, states that ``The Foundation is 
authorized to award, within the limits of funds made available * * * 
scholarships and graduate fellowships for scientific study or 
scientific work in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, 
social, and other sciences at accredited U.S. institutions selected by 
the recipient of such aid, for stated periods of time.''
    The Graduate Research Fellowship Program has two goals:
     To select, recognize, and financially support, early in 
their careers, individuals with the demonstrated potential to be high 
achieving scientists and engineers;
     To broaden participation in science and engineering of 
underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with 
disabilities, and veterans.
    The list of GRFP Awardees recognized by the Foundation may be found 
via FastLane through the NSF website: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/AwardeeList.do?method=loadAwardeeList. The GRF Program is 
described in the Solicitation available at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf19590&org=NSF
    Estimate of Burden: This is an annual application program providing 
three years of support to individuals, usable over a five-year 
fellowship period. The application deadlines are in late October. It is 
estimated that each submission is averaged to be 12 hours per 
respondent, which includes three references (on average) for each 
application. It is estimated that it takes two hours per reference for 
each applicant.
    Respondents: Individuals.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 14,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 168,000 hours.
    Frequency of Responses: 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 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.

    Dated: September 18, 2020.
Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2020-20997 Filed 9-22-20; 8:45 am]