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National Science Foundation

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the United States government that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health. With an annual budget of about $8.3 billion (fiscal year 2020), the NSF funds approximately 25% of all federally supported basic research conducted by the United States' colleges and universities.[4] In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics, and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.

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National Science Foundation
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Agency overview
FormedMay 10, 1950; 73 years ago (1950-05-10)
HeadquartersAlexandria, Virginia, U.S.[1]
MottoWhere Discoveries Begin[2]
Annual budget$8.28 billion for 2020[3]
Agency executives
  • Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director
  • F. Fleming Crim, Chief Operating Officer
  • Brian Stone, Chief of Staff
  • James S. Olvestad, Chief Officer of Research Facilities
  • Dorothy E. Aronson, Chief Information Officer (CIO) Edit this at Wikidata
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The NSF's director and deputy director are appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate, whereas the 24 president-appointed members of the National Science Board (NSB)[5] do not require Senate confirmation. 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 Sethuraman Panchanathan.