History of the Board

For a brief summary, read "North Carolina’s Board of Science and Technology: A Model for Guiding Technology-Based Economic Development in the South," published in A Way Forward: Building a Globally Competitive South (2011).  
For a more detailed review and evaluation, read "Office of Science & Technology: Continuation Review Report" (2012).

For a quick overview, see below:

In 1963, the North Carolina General Assembly established the North Carolina Board of Science & Technology to encourage, promote, and support scientific, engineering, and industrial research applications in North Carolina.

To meet these goals, the Board works to investigate new areas of emerging science and technology and conducts studies on the competitiveness of state industry and research institutions in these fields. The Board also works with the General Assembly and the Governor to put into place the infrastructure that keeps North Carolina on the cutting edge of science and technology.

In the earlier days of industrial recruiting, Governor Terry Sanford relied on the board to assist him in persuading firms to locate in North Carolina, particularly if they needed professionally trained people and scientific and engineering support.

Later, as North Carolina's Department of Commerce became more proficient in industrial recruiting, the board, under Governor Jim Hunt, began to concentrate on strengthening North Carolina's research and education base in fields important to our economic growth and in which our state was in the second or third tier.

Under Governor Mike Easley, the Board continued to ensure that science and technology play an important role in promoting the economic growth and development of the State. The Board also became responsible for administering the One North Carolina Small Business Program, the North Carolina Green Business Fund, and the NC Energy R&D Cost-Sharing Program.

Under the leadership of Governor Beverly Perdue, the primary champion for the creation of the Green Business Fund, the Board continued its mission of fostering innovation as an engine of North Carolina's economic development.

Current Governor Pat McCrory uses the Board as one of the state's key resources for improving the economic well‐being and quality of life of all North Carolinians through advancing science, technology, and innovation. Most notably, the Board and its staff assisted in efforts to make North Carolina the home of the $140 million Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute, awarded in January 2014.

Legislative Basis
According to NC General Statute 143B-472.81, the NC Board of Science & Technology consists of:

  • The Governor 
  • The Secretary of Commerce
  • One member from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil
  • One member from North Carolina State University
  • Two members from other components of the University of North Carolina
  • One member from Duke University 
  • One member from a private college or university other than Duke 
  • One member from the Research Triangle Institute 
  • One member from the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina
  • One member from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • Four members from private industry in North Carolina
  • Two members from public agencies in North Carolina
  • Two members appointed by the General Assembly

Powers & Duties...
(NC General Statute 143B-472.80)

  • To identify, and to support and foster the identification of, important research needs of both public and private agencies, institutions and organizations in North Carolina that relate to the State's economic growth and development;
  • To make recommendations concerning policies, procedures, organizational structures and financial requirements that will promote effective use of scientific and technological resources in fulfilling the research needs identified and that will promote the economic growth and development of North Carolina;
  • To allocate funds available to the board to support research projects, to purchase research equipment and supplies, to construct or modify research facilities, to employ consultants, and for other purposes necessary or appropriate in discharging the duties of the board;
  • To advise and make recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Economic Development Board on the role of science and technology in the economic growth and development of North Carolina.

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