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Life at NSF

When you find a career at the National Science Foundation, you get a great place to work and the chance to become part of cutting-edge innovation and discovery that is changing the world.

NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country. Everyone at NSF plays a part in supporting the rigorous merit review process used to evaluate submissions.

People working in the science directorates maintain close contact with science and engineering communities to explore emerging opportunities and to coordinate NSF's "gold standard" merit review process in deciding where to invest NSF funds. The directorates have a rich mix of scientific and administrative staff to ensure the integrity of NSF's programs and processes. Staff in the business operations areas connect with NSF's partners in the academic, government, and private sectors, set policy around how awards are made, manage the agency's financial commitments, and handle the day-to-day operations that support the agency — from information technology to facility management to human resources.

At NSF, you'll find a career that supports some of the most important and groundbreaking research and education in the world. Picture yourself at NSF and make an impact where discoveries begin.


NSF Building in Alexandria, Virginia

While you work to help shape the future, NSF provides a home in the heart of Alexandria, Virginia. We are across from Eisenhower Metro with all the amenities of an urban transportation hub in the Washington, DC area. And together with our competitive salaries and benefits, we've been named one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in the Greater Washington Region by


People at NSF come from all backgrounds with different skill sets, so the organization has helped foster various interest and activity groups. The NSF intranet and employee email groups can help you find people with common interests, build your personal network, and identify opportunities for collaboration across the agency. And while you build connections at NSF, you can also explore ways to advance your career and build your skills through eLearning, classroom courses, and off-site seminars and retreats.

Picture yourself at NSF and find out how you can be a part of where discoveries begin.