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Thank you for your input

NSF thanks the public for providing input to help the agency prioritize which NSF information sets to make accessible through web APIs. On Aug. 23, NSF published a list of prioritized candidate systems in Section 2.1.2 of the agency's Digital Government Strategy Report. The agency also published a list of its priority customer-facing services to optimize for mobile use in Section 7.1.1 of the report.

The invitation to the public to vote or comment on information sets was part of NSF's effort to make agency data and services more useful and dynamic, key goals of the Digital Government Strategy. The deadline for public participation was Aug. 22.

Learn more about NSF's digital strategy on the Digital Strategy website.
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NSF funds the best ideas and most promising people, searching out the frontiers of science and engineering to foster high-risk, potentially transformative research that will generate important discoveries and new technology.

Unlike many other federal agencies, NSF does not hire researchers or directly operate our own laboratories or similar facilities. Instead, we support scientists, engineers and educators directly through their own home institutions (typically universities and colleges). Similarly, we fund facilities and equipment such as telescopes through cooperative agreements with research consortia. Learn more about what we do.

On his first day in office, President Obama issued a directive stating his administration's commitment to "creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." Government should be transparent. Government should be participatory. Government should be collaborative. In working to achieve transparency, public participation and collaboration, agencies across the government are establishing Open Government Web pages and asking the public for ideas and suggestions.

Recent Activities

NSF Open Government Plan 3.5 Updated
NSF published an update of the NSF Open Government Plan, The National Science Foundation Open Government Plan 3.5. The revised plan, updated in June 2015, is available at

NSF Data Sources

  • Comprehensive Information on Federal Spending by Agency and Spending Type
    USA Agency Profile: National Science Foundation

  • NSF Datasets on &sort=score+desc%2C+name+asc&_organization_limit=0

  • NSF Research Grant Funding Rates: Current Year
    An XML file containing current year NSF funding rates for competitive research proposals by organizational unit. The funding rate is calculated by dividing the number of awards by the number of awards and declines.

  • NSF Research Grant Funding Rate History
    An XML file containing FY 2001 - FY 2013 NSF funding rates for competitive research proposals by organizational unit.

  • NSF Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Report for October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 (FY 2014)

  • NSF FOIA Reports for FY 1998 - FY 2013
    NSF |

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Award Recipients

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorable Mention Recipients

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Award Recipients and Honorable Mentions
    2000 - 2013 on

  • NSF Grants Management and Information on Research Spending and Results

  • NSF Spending Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
    Recovery.Gov - Agency Profile

  • Performance of NSF Major IT Investments
    IT Dashboard

  • Research Spending and Results (Data Catalog)

  • Science and Engineering Indicators: 2014
    Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) comprises quantitative data on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. The "indicators" are quantitative representations that provide summary information on the scope, quality, and vitality of science and engineering.

  • Science and Engineering Indicators: 2014 State Data Tool
    The State Data Tool draws from the National Science Board's (NSB's) Science and Engineering Indicators report. This tool allows for interactive visual exploration of state indicators covering the role of science and technology (S&T) in state and regional economic development.

  • Key Science and Engineering Indicators: Digest 2014
    This digest of key S&E indicators draws from the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators report. The digest serves to draw attention to important trends and data points from across Indicators and to introduce readers to the data resources available in the report.

  • SESTAT (Tool Catalog)
    National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG), National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG), Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR).

  • WebCASPAR (Tool Catalog)
    The WebCASPAR database provides easy access to a large body of statistical data resources for science and engineering (S&E) at U.S. academic institutions. WebCASPAR emphasizes S&E, but its data resources also provide information on non-S&E fields and higher education in general.

  • NSF Conference Report
    OMB Memorandum M-12-12 requires federal agencies to report by January 31st of each year, information on all agency-sponsored conferences from the previous year where the net expenses for each single conference were in excess of $100,000. This report is also required to include the agency head's waiver for any single conference with net conference expenses that exceeded $500,000.

NSF Web Content


  • NSF Calendar
    An Events Calendar shows upcoming events, NSF-related congressional hearings, National Science Board (NSB) and other meetings and more.

  • NSF Staff Directory
    Locate staff by searching or browsing staff and offices.

  • Digital Strategy and Open Data
    As required by the Open Data Policy and OMB Open Data Supplemental Guidance, NSF maintains a Public Data Listing in the JSON, XML, and HTML formats comprising our inventory of publicly available agency datasets.

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