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Background on the NSF
The NSF was established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950. Its stated mission is to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. The National Science Foundation supports research and education in all fields of science and engineering other than medical. (Medical research is the mainstay of the National Institutes of Health.
Annual budget: $5.91 billion (fiscal year 2007), most of which is used for grants given to universities and research institutions.
The president officially appoints the NSF's director, deputy director, and the 24 members of the National Science Board. The appointments must be 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. The current NSF director is Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., and the current deputy director is Dr. Kathie L. Olsen.
Major Projects by Department - FY2009
Department-Wide Investment Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management Office of Information and Resource Management
Leading Projects at NSF - 2007
NSF's Financial and Accounting System
New End-to-End Human Capital System
NSF Legacy Administrative Systems
NSF Supporting Applications and Utilities, Including Internal and External NSF Web Site
Top Spending Departments - 2007
NSF Corporate Infrastructure, CIO's office
IT Budget History
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Numbers = $millions. (Data from the Office of Management and Budget)
Note on 2007 & 2008: Most civilian agencies other that the Homeland Security Department have not had a full budget approved since FY2006. A continuing resolution has keep agency spending near 2006 levels.
Federal Register - NSF
Research Directorates of the NSF
NSF organizes its research and educational support efforts into seven directorates. Each has several sub-catagories:
- Biological Sciences (molecular, cellular, and organismal biology, environmental science)
- Computer and Information Science and Engineering (fundamental computer science, computer and networking systems, and artificial intelligence)
- Engineering (bioengineering, environmental systems, civil and mechanical systems, chemical and transport systems, electrical and communications systems, and design and manufacturing)
- Geosciences (geological, atmospheric and ocean sciences)
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences (mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and materials science)
- Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (neuroscience, psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics and economics)
- Education and Human Resources (science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at every level, pre-K to grey)
Other research offices
NSF also supports research through several offices within the Office of the Director: