National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is the only federal agency with the primary goal of supporting research across the full spectrum of science, technology, mathematics and engineering-- including chemistry, computer science, geoscience, astronomy, economics and many other fields. The NSF supports nearly a quarter of all federally supported basic research in the U.S. NSF-funded research ranges from studying how gun violence affects high-risk populations to studying malaria transmission.



NOTE: Does not include supplemental funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

Sources: NSF, House Committee on Appropriations.

Americans Support Increased Funding for NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) works to promote the progress of science; advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and secure the national defense. How important is it to increase funding for NSF? 


Source: A Research!America poll of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with Zogby analytics in January 2016.

Policy Contacts

Director of Policy and Advocacy
America’s economic destiny lies in innovation, technology, science and research.
The Honorable John E. Porter