Message to the Congress Transmitting the Annual Report of the National Science Foundation

July 20, 1987

To the Congress of the United States:

I am pleased to send to you the annual report of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Fiscal Year 1986. This report describes research supported by the Foundation in the mathematical, physical, biological, social, behavioral, and information sciences, in engineering, and in education in those fields.

Achievements such as the ones described in this report are the basis for much of our Nation's strength -- its economic growth, military security, and the overall well-being of our people.

We face international challenges in science, engineering, and technology, but I am confident about our ability to meet those challenges. NSF has been and will remain a key part of the national effort to keep vital our great capabilities in research and productivity and to stay ahead of world competition through innovation and new discoveries.

I commend the Foundation's work to you and hope you share my enthusiasm for the outstanding work it describes.

Ronald Reagan

The White House,

July 20, 1987