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These tools and resources--providing information about the impact of NSF's investments in science and engineering research and education--are available for viewing online and downloading.


NSF, Science Communication and YouScience Communication Toolkit for Principal Investigators

Text version (PDF, 172 KB)

National Science Foundation Where Discoveries BeginNSF: Where Discoveries Begin reports/where_discoveries.pdf
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Data by DesignData by Design: Snapshot of NSF's Programs, Processes, Funding & Impact
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Same as above, but with interactive elements designed for live presentations (PPTX, 28MB)

10 Big Ideas10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments
As we look ahead to the coming decades, we must envision bold questions that will drive NSF's long-term research agenda -- questions that will ensure future generations continue to reap the benefits of fundamental S&E research. This is the reason behind these 10 "big ideas." View online or download.

Fact Sheet: National Science Foundation news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=100595
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NSF Organizational Chart organizational_chart.pdf
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Videos about NSF for your use

still of Carol Espy-WilsonThe Importance of NSF Funding
Past and present NSF grantees attest to the importance of NSF support to their reseaarch and to innovation.
Runtime: 1:18
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four still images from videoCreating Knowledge to Transform Our Future
A brief look at how NSF-supported fundamental research helps drive our nation's economy, enhance our security, advance our knowledge to sustain global leadership, and transform our future.
Runtime: 1:27
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three still images from videoFoundation for Innovation
How NSF support for fundamental research is critical to discovery, innovation and economic growth.
Runtime: 4:17
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still of transform over nsf logoOpener, closer or bookend videos
For use in presentations or speeches, bringing emphasis to key NSF messages
Knowledge, Security, the Economy — full length
   Runtime: 20 seconds View online or download video
Knowledge, Security, the Economy — abbreviated
   Runtime: 11 seconds View online or download video
Transform (with voice)
   Runtime: 11 seconds View online or download video
Transform (music only)
   Runtime: 8 seconds View online or download video

still of scale weighing carsMore Distance, Less Fuel
One example of how NSF funding holds the promise of significant economic impact and knowledge to sustain global leadership.
Runtime: 1:22
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NSF's Merit Reivew ProcessNSF's Merit Review Process
How NSF determines which research has the greatest potential and would be the most impactful investment of taxpayer dollars.
Runtime: 6:16
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still of people around a conference tableNSF Proposal Review Panels
What really happens in a proposal review panel? Audiences will get a good sense from this mock review session as panelists discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a CAREER Award proposal.
Runtime: 6:16
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Unlocking the Secrets of Science cover
Unlocking the Secrets of Science unlocking_the_secrets.pdf
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Perspectives on Broader Impacts cover
Perspectives on Broader Impacts
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Unlocking the Secrets of Science cover Unlocking the Secrets of Science
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Understanding Life cover Understanding Life: Biological Sciences
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Enhancing Our Lives Through Computing cover Enhancing Our Lives Through Computing: Computer & Information
Science & Engineering
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Inspiring STEM Learning: Education and Human Resources report coverInspiring STEM Learning: Education and Human Resources
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Making Future Technologies Possible: Engineering report coverMaking Future Technologies Possible: Engineering
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Unraveling Earth's Complexity report coverUnraveling Earth's Complexity: Geosciences
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Enriching the Language of Discovery coverEnriching the Language of Discovery: Mathematical & Physical Sciences
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Innovating for the Nation's Future coverInnovating for the Nation's Future: Office of International and Integrative Activities
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Exploring What Makes Us Human coverExploring What Makes Us Human: Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
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Bringing People Into Focus report coverBringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral and Economic Research
Addresses National Challenges
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NSF Engineering Research Centers report coverNSF Engineering Research Centers: Creating New Knowledge, Innovators and
Technologies for Over 30 Years Anniversary.pdf
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 coverExperimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
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NSF's Budget Internet Information System allows you to view the number of NSF awards made to your state and you can drill down to see the number of awards made to specific institutions in your state.



Requests and Annual Appropriations, FY 1998 - Present

ROI Budget Overview Fact Sheet (PDF)

Fact Sheet: NSF's Connection to Nobel Prize Recipients (PDF)

Open Government



Response to Senator Flake's "Wastebook: The Farce Awakens"

Response to Senator Lankford's "Federal Fumbles"

Response to Senator McCain's "America's Most Wasted -- Runaway Spending"

Response to Media Reports on NSF-supported Glaciers and Glaciology Award

Response to Senator Flake's "Twenty Questions: Government Studies That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head"