National Science Foundation

United States government agency

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a United States government agency where discoveries begin and supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health. With an annual budget of about US$6.87 billion (fiscal year 2010), the NSF funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by the United States' colleges and universities. In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.

National Science Foundation
Seal of the National Science Foundation
Flag of the National Science Foundation
Agency overview
FormedMay 10, 1950; 74 years ago (1950-05-10)
HeadquartersAlexandria, Virginia, U.S.[1]
MottoWhere Discoveries Begin
Annual budget$7.8 billion for 2018[2]
Agency executive

The NSF's director, deputy director, and the 24 members of the National Science Board (NSB)[3] are appointed by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the United States Senate. The director and deputy director are responsible for administration, planning, budgeting and day-to-day operations of the foundation, while the NSB meets six times a year to establish its overall policies.


  1. "Visit NSF".
  2. "Trump, Congress approve largest U.S. research spending increase in a decade". Science AAAS. March 23, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. National Science Board (NSB)

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