National Science Foundation

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National Science Foundation
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National Science Foundation —NSF -
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Seat of the wearer: Arlington County ( Virginia )
Management: France A. Córdova , Director
Headquarters building

The National Science Foundation ( NSF ) is an independent agency of the United States government headquartered in Arlington , Virginia , whose mission is to provide financial support for research and education in all fields of science except medicine . It was founded on May 10, 1950 . With an annual budget of approximately $ 6.9 billion (2010), it represents 20 percent of the total US government grants for basic research at universities. In some areas such as math , computer science , economics, and social sciences , the NSF is the main source of third party research. The NSF receives around 40,000 project applications each year, around 10,000 of which are funded. France A. Córdova has been running NSF since March 2013 .

Research Directorates

The NSF is organized into seven directorates:

Other US national research funding agencies are the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the military field, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is important.

Similar institutions are the German Research Foundation , the Swiss National Science Foundation and the British Royal Academy of Engineering .

See also

Web links

Commons : National Science Foundation  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. About (section "NSF AT A GLANCE"). Accessed September 7, 2011.
  2. AIBS news, August 2001 (PDF)
  3. ^ Biography of the director of the NSF , accessed on January 23, 2017.
  4. NSF Organization List. Accessed September 7, 2011.