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About National Science FoundationThe National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the U.S. Government, established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, and related legislation, 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq., and was given additional authority by the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act (42 U.S.C. 1885), and Title I of the Education for Economic Security Act (20 U.S.C. 3911 to 3922).
The Foundation consists of the National Science Board of 24 part-time members and a Director (who also serves as ex officio National Science Board member), each appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. Other senior officials include a Deputy Director who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, and eight Assistant Directors.
The Act established the NSF's mission: To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.
The Foundation's organic legislation authorizes it to engage in the following activities:
Initiate and support, through grants and contracts, scientific and engineering research and programs to strengthen scientific and engineering research potential, and education programs at all levels, and appraise the impact of research upon industrial development and the general welfare. Award graduate fellowships in the sciences and in engineering. Foster the interchange of scientific information among scientists and engineers in the United States and foreign countries. Foster and support the development and use of computers and other scientific methods and technologies, primarily for research and education in the sciences. Evaluate the status and needs of the various sciences and engineering and take into consideration the results of this evaluation in correlating its research and educational programs with other Federal and non-Federal programs. Maintain a current register of scientific and technical personnel, and in other ways provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and technical resources in the United States, and provide a source of information for policy formulation by other Federal agencies. Determine the total amount of Federal money received by universities and appropriate organizations for the conduct of scientific and engineering research, including both basic and applied, and construction of facilities where such research is conducted, but excluding development, and report annually thereon to the President and the Congress. Initiate and support specific scientific and engineering activities in connection with matters relating to international cooperation, national security, and the effects of scientific and technological applications upon society. Initiate and support scientific and engineering research, including applied research, at academic and other nonprofit institutions and, at the direction of the President, support applied research at other organizations. Recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of basic research and education in the sciences and engineering. Strengthen research and education innovation in the sciences and engineering, including independent research by individuals, throughout the United States. Support activities designed to increase the participation of women and minorities and others under-represented in science and technology.
Last Updated 5-9-01
76 articles with National Science Foundation
Tapping into the unique nature of DNA, Cornell engineers have created simple machines constructed of biomaterials with properties of living things.
Azitra Receives Ongoing Support for Its Netherton Development Program from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Phase II Grant to Advance Development of Live Biotherapeutic Product Candidate for Netherton Syndrome
Internet2 and National Science Foundation Announce Selection of First-Phase Research Proposals for Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS) Project
NSF-funded Internet2 project will engage researchers from George Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, San Diego Supercomputing Center, State University of New York, and University of Wisconsin, supported by resources from Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud
For years, the biggest employers of science and engineering PhDs has been academic institutions. For example, according to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)’s biennial Survey of Doctoral Recipients, academia employed 11 percent more PhDs than the private sector in 1997.
Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D
Data from National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Helps Unlock the Role of Deep Soil in Carbon Storage
A new study published in Nature Climate Change, authored by Dr. Marc G. Kramer and Dr. Oliver A. Chadwick, examines the role of reactive minerals in supporting carbon sequestration in soil
Undergraduate students from around the country will get real-world research experience this summer while participating in Research Experience for Undergraduates programs and other research opportunities on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
Sexual harassment has been a big focus in the news as of late, but much of this focus has been primarily concerned with the harassment issues in Hollywood and the political sphere. However, the scientific community has long been criticized for being a hostile environment for women as well.
Educational institutions, even at the high school level, are creating specialized biotechnology training programs to satisfy the growth they see within the biotech industry.
National Science Foundation's Manish Parashar Named Feature Speaker at the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit
Dr. Manish Parashar, office director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday, May 8 at 3:15 p.m. PDT during the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit in San Diego.
Rice receives $10M with goal to create wearable devices to help diagnose, monitor 100 health conditions
The National Science Foundation has awarded $10 million to a Rice University-led team that hopes to create wearable and point-of-care microscopes.
$1 Million National Science Foundation Grant To Christiana Care’s Gene Editing Institute And Delaware Technical Community College Ushers Delaware To The Forefront Of Gene Editing Education And Research
Tactai Wins National Science Foundation Grant To Bring Authentic Touch Experiences To Virtual Reality
Loyola University Biology Professor Wins $50,000 National Science Foundation Grant To Create A Network To Prep Students For Careers In Biotechnology
Spherix Awarded Phase II National Science Foundation SBIR Grant To Support Commercialization Of Total Holographic Characterization