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National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230

703-292-5111

TDD, 800-281-8749
http://www.nsf.gov | Email: info@nsf.gov

NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD

NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD
https://www.nsf.gov/nsb/members/index.jsp
Ex officio member France A. Córdova

Terms Expiring in 2020

Terms Expiring in 2020
John L. Anderson
Roger N. Beachy
Vicki L. Chandler
Robert M. Groves
James S. Jackson
Sethuraman Panchanathan
George P. Peterson
Chair Diane L. Souvaine

Terms Expiring in 2022

Terms Expiring in 2022
Arthur Bienenstock
W. Kent Fuchs
W. Carl Lineberger
Victor R. McCrary
Emilio F. Moran
Vice Chair Ellen Ochoa
Julia M. Phillips
Anneila I. Sargent

Terms Expiring in 2024

Terms Expiring in 2024
Maureen L. Condic
Suresh V. Garimella
Steven Leath
Daniel A. Reed
Geraldine L. Richmond
S. Alan Stern
Stephen H. Willard
Maria T. Zuber
https://www.nsf.gov/nsb/members/terms.jsp
Executive Officer to the National Science Board John J. Veysey II

Inspector General Allison C. Lerner
https://www.nsf.gov/staff/staff_bio.jsp?lan=alerner

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
https://www.nsf.gov/staff/execlist.jsp

Office of the Director (OD)

Office of the Director (OD)
DIRECTOR France A. Córdova
Deputy Director (vacancy)

CHIEF OFFICERS
Information Dorothy Aronson
Operating F. Fleming Crim

OFFICE HEADS
Diversity and Inclusion Rhonda J. Davis
General Counsel Lawrence Rudolph
Integrative Activities Suzanne Iacono
International Science and Engineering Rebecca S. Keiser
Legislative and Public Affairs Amanda H. Greenwell
https://www.nsf.gov/od

OAD Directorates *

OAD Directorates *
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS
Biological Sciences Joanne S. Tornow
Computer and Information Science and Engineering Erwin Gianchandani
Education and Human Resources Karen A. Marrongelle
Engineering Dawn Tilbury
Geosciences William E. Easterling
Mathematical and Physical Sciences Anne Kinney
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Arthur W. Lupia
https://www.nsf.gov/staff/orglist.jsp

OAD Offices *

OAD Offices *
CHIEF OFFICERS
Financial Teresa Grancorvitz
Human Capital Wonzie L. Gardner

OFFICE HEADS
Budget, Finance, and Award Management Teresa Grancorvitz
Information and Resource Management Wonzie L. Gardner


* OAD is an abbreviation for Office of Assistant Director.

The National Science Foundation supports research and education to advance science and engineering.

ESTABLISHMENT AND ORGANIZATION

On May 10, 1950, President Harry S. Truman approved "an act to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense; and for other purposes." This statute, which is commonly cited as the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 (Public Law 81–507), established the National Science Foundation (NSF) as an independent and executive branch agency. The NSF consists of a National Science Board (NSB) and a Director.

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/statutes-at-large/81st-congress/session-2/c81s2ch171.pdf

Descriptions of the NSF's establishment, composition, functions, purpose, research facilities, and other statutory information are codified in chapter 16, sections 1861–1887, of 42 U.S.C.

https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title42/chapter16&edition=prelim

The NSB establishes the policies of the NSF. The President appoints each of the 24 members of the Board to a term of 6 years. Appointees have earned distinguished reputations of service in the fields of agriculture, education, engineering, research management, public affairs, and the basic, medical, or social sciences. They also have an outlook that broadly represents that of national science and engineering leadership. The membership is divided into three groups of eight members; the terms of each group are staggered and expire every 2 years. Any member, other than the Director, who has served on the Board for 12 consecutive years is ineligible for reappointment during the 2-year period following the 12th year. The Board elects its Chair and vice chair every 2 years. The election takes place in an even-numbered year at the annual meeting (42 U.S.C. 1863).

https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title42-section1863&num=0&edition=prelim

The President, by the advice and with the consent of the Senate, appoints the Director for a term of 6 years. Before making his or her selection, the President must give the Board an opportunity to recommend candidates for consideration (42 U.S.C. 1864). As an ex officio member of the Board, the NSF Director is coordinate with the other Board members, except with respect to compensation and tenure. The Director is a voting member of the Board and is eligible to serve as its Chair or vice chair if elected (42 U.S.C. 1863).

https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title42-section1864&num=0&edition=prelim

The NSF publishes its statements of organization in the "Federal Register" as notices:

58 FR 7587–7595 (8 FEB 1993)

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1993-02-08/pdf/FR-1993-02-08.pdf#page=121

58 FR 30819 ( 27 MAY 1993)

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1993-05-27/pdf/FR-1993-05-27.pdf#page=135

59 FR 22690 (2 MAY 1994)

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1994-05-02/pdf/FR-1994-05-02.pdf#page=210

60 FR 52431 (6 OCT 1995)

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1995-10-06/pdf/95-24895.pdf#page=1

The agency's organizational chart is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading on the "NSF Organization List" web page.

https://www.nsf.gov/staff/organizational_chart.pdf

ACTIVITIES

The NSF initiates and supports fundamental, long-term, merit-selected research in the scientific and engineering disciplines through grants, contracts, and other agreements that are awarded to universities, colleges, academic consortia, and nonprofit and small business institutions. Most of this research attempts to answer scientific and engineering questions of fundamental life processes, natural laws and phenomena, fundamental processes that influence the human environment, and the forces that affect people as members of society, as well as the behavior of society as a whole.

https://www.nsf.gov/about

The NSF encourages cooperative efforts involving universities, industries, and government. It also promotes research and development for better products and services that improve the quality of life and stimulate economic growth.

https://www.nsf.gov/about/what.jsp

The NSF cultivates talent by supporting undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. It administers special programs to identify and encourage participation of underrepresented groups in science and technology and to strengthen research capability at small institutions and businesses and at colleges and universities.

https://www.nsf.gov/od/broadeningparticipation/bp.jsp

It supports major national and international science and engineering activities, including the U.S. Antarctic program, ocean drilling program, and global geoscience studies. Cooperative scientific and engineering research activities support exchange programs for American and foreign scientists and engineers, execution of jointly designed research projects, participation in international science and engineering organizational activities, and travel to international conferences.

https://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=OISE

Contracts and cooperative agreements with national centers allow qualified scientists and engineers access to large facilities. The NSF supports national centers that are associated with astronomy and atmospheric sciences, biological and engineering research, science and technology, supercomputers, and long-term ecological research sites.

The agency's science and engineering education activities include grants for research and development of instructional materials for students and teachers and the application of advanced technologies to education. Grants also are available for teacher preparation and enhancement and informal science education activities. Funding is provided for college science instrumentation, course and curriculum improvement, faculty and student activities, and minority resource centers. The NSF also supports studies of the status of math, science, and engineering education.

https://www.nsf.gov/funding/aboutfunding.jsp

The Vannevar Bush Award is given annually to an outstanding contributor to the welfare of the Nation and mankind through public service in science and technology. The Alan T. Waterman Award is given annually to a promising young scientist or engineer to support research and study. The NSF also presents its Public Service Award to one individual and to one company, corporation, or organization for increasing public understanding of science or engineering through public service in areas other than research. The NSF administratively supports the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science.

https://www.nsf.gov/awards/presidential.jsp

Sources of Information

A–Z Index

An A-Z index to find funding opportunities by title is available on the NSF website.

https://www.nsf.gov/funding/azindex.jsp

Archived Records

NSF records are referenced in the "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States." The Guide is accessible online, and NSF records have been assigned to Record Group 307.

https://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/307.html

At a Glance

The "At a Glance" web page provides a convenient overview of NSF activities, partners, and personnel.

https://www.nsf.gov/about/glance.jsp

Awards

The NSF funds science and engineering research and education through contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants. The Foundation provides approximately 20 percent of the Federal support that academic institutions receive for basic research.

http://www.nsf.gov/awards/about.jsp

The abstract, institutions, names, programs, title, and other information associated with an award may be found using one search box on the NSF website.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch

Board and Committee Meetings

Webcasts of NSB open sessions and committee meetings that are held in Arlington, VA, remain available for at least 1 year after the event. Transcripts of closed sessions of the NSB, its committees, and other subentities are available upon request by email.

http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings | Email: nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov

Business Opportunities

The NSF publicizes contracting and subcontracting opportunities in the "Commerce Business Daily" and other appropriate publications. Organizations seeking contract work should contact either the Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support or the Division of Administrative Services, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230.

Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support. Phone, 703-292-8240.

http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dcca/index.jsp

Division of Administrative Services. Phone, 703-292-8190.

http://www.nsf.gov/oirm/das

Career Opportunities

To carry out its mission, the NSF relies on educators, engineers, mathematicians, program directors, and statisticians, as well as on professionals with administrative, business, and management backgrounds. The NSF also offers career opportunities—internship and recent graduates programs and the Presidential Management Fellows program—for students and recent graduates.

http://www.nsf.gov/careers

In 2018, the NSF ranked 8th among 27 midsize Government agencies in the Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

https://bestplacestowork.org/rankings/detail/NF00

Climate Change

NSF Public Affairs publishes current research news on the effects of climate change on diverse ecosystems like coral reefs, grasslands, and the Southern Ocean of the Antarctic.

—on coral reefs

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=299144

—on grasslands

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=299102

—on the Southern Ocean

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=297719

Contact

The "Contact NSF" web page has email addresses and phone numbers.

https://www.nsf.gov/help/contact.jsp | Email: info@nsf.gov

The NSF has a separate web page for media inquiries. Phone, 703-292-7090.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/newsroom.jsp | Email: media@nsf.gov

Fellowships

Consult the online "Guide to Programs / Browse Funding Opportunities" and appropriate announcements and brochures for postdoctoral fellowship opportunities that may be available through some NSF divisions. Beginning graduate and minority graduate students wanting to apply for fellowships should contact the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Phone, 703-292-8600.

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/browse_all_funding.jsp

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

A request for agency records should be submitted in accordance with the NSF's FOIA regulation (45 CFR 612). A request should be clearly labeled as "FOIA REQUEST" and be addressed to the FOIA Officer, Office of General Counsel, National Science Foundation, Room 1265, Arlington, VA 22230. Phone, 703-292-8060. Fax, 703-292-9242.

http://www.nsf.gov/policies/foia.jsp | Email: foia@nsf.gov

Grants

The "Grants.gov Application Guide" helps applicants prepare NSF applications and submit them using Grant.gov. The current guide is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.

https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide

Mobile Software Applications (Apps)

The NSF Science Zone app and Science360 Radio app are accessible through the NSF website.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/apps/index.jsp

Multimedia Gallery

The NSF maintains an online multimedia gallery.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg

News Search

A visitor to the NSF website may search an assortment of news types by keyword or title.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/search.jsp

Office of Inspector General (OIG)

NSF employees, grantees, principal investigators, and others working on NSF programs, grants, or contracts are well-positioned to detect problems. Providing information about allegations or suspicions of abuse, fraud, mismanagement, research misconduct, unnecessary Government expenditures, and waste helps the OIG improve management and reduce fraud.

https://www.nsf.gov/oig/report-fraud | Email: oig@nsf.gov

Open Government

To increase collaboration, public participation, and transparency, the NSF maintains an Open Government web page and welcomes ideas and suggestions from the public.

https://www.nsf.gov/open

Proposal Status

The proposal status service of Research.gov makes a single online site available for principal investigators and sponsored projects office staff to check current status information for proposals that have been submitted to the NSF via Grants.gov or FastLane.

https://www.research.gov/research-portal/appmanager/base/desktop?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=research_node_display&_nodePath=/researchGov/Service/Desktop/grantsapplicationstatus.html

Publications

The NSF maintains an online document system to support the electronic dissemination of its documents. The online library contains thousands of documents that may be downloaded free of charge. Some NSF publications are available only in print, and others (e.g., the "Grant Proposal Guide" and "Award and Administration Guide") may be inconvenient to download. To obtain these publications in hardcopy, contact the NSF Publications Clearinghouse in Arlington, VA. Phone, 703-292-7827.

http://www.nsf.gov/publications | Email: pubinfo@nsf.gov

Search or browse the online document library.

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/ods

Reading Room

NSF policy documents and staff instructions, as well as current indexes, are available to the public for inspection and copying. To gain access to the collection, a visitor must schedule an appointment in advance with the library, which is open on weekdays, excluding Federal holidays, 8:00 a.m.–4 p.m. The reading room is located in the National Science Foundation Library, Room 225, Arlington, VA 22230. Phone, 703-292-7830.

Email: library@nsf.gov

Small Business Support

The Office of Small Business Research and Development informs small businesses with science and technology research capabilities about NSF support that could benefit them. The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization oversees agency compliance with the provisions of the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, as amended. Phone, 703-292-8050.

The Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer program helps startups and small businesses carry out scientific research and development.

http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir/home.jsp

Social Media

The NSF uses social media sites and tools to disseminate news about research funds, funding opportunities, job openings, and more. Follow the NSF on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, OpenNSF, Pinterest, Twitter, Wordpress, and YouTube.

https://www.nsf.gov/social

Staff Directory

The "Staff Directory" web page has a search box that visitors can use to locate NSF employees in an electronic database. A visitor also can browse staff by NSF organization.

https://www.nsf.gov/staff

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