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.

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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
Paul D’ Addario, retinitis pigmentosa patient