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Contact NSF

Contact information for specific NSF organizations can be found on the organization list and in the staff directory for individual staff members.

Mail: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 292-5111
FIRS: (800) 877-8339
TDD: (703) 292-5090 or (800) 281-8749


General inquiries about the mission and programs of NSF:

Inquiries about the NSF website, including accessibility issues:

Inquiries about FastLane:

Information on how to seek a correction under section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 is available on the Data Quality Standards page.

Small businesses with inquiries relating to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act should contact Suzanne Plimpton at or (703) 292-7556.

Information on making a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request is available on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act page.

Waste, fraud and abuse can be reported through the Office of Inspector General.

For media inquiries, please call (703) 292-7090 or email NSF Public Affairs at


Visiting the NSF Reception and Information Center The NSF Reception and Information Center provides a "first stop" for inquiries about the National Science Foundation's programs, offices, staff, and publications. It serves both NSF staff and visitors.

The Reception and Information Center fields a variety of inquiries by telephone and by e-mail regarding NSF program information, vacancy information, staff, meeting schedules, and information regarding location of operational and program guidelines. In many cases, the Center is able to respond directly with the answer. When they do not have the answer themselves, the Center serves as a referral service to the relevant NSF Office or other information resource.

The Center is located on the first floor of NSF headquarters. Their phone number is (703) 292-5111; they can also be reached by email at TDD users may call (703) 292-5090 or (800) 281-8749.


NSF typically does not assist individuals (k-12 students, parents, teachers, caregivers, undergraduates, etc.) who seek information related to recreational interests or homework or other school assignments. If you need homework or other research-related help, please ask a local reference librarian or your organization's or school's media expert, or visit the Library of Congress's Ask a Librarian page at:

Some interesting links about science and information especially for students can be found in our Classroom Resources section. Students looking for information about science and engineering statistics will find important reference information on the website of NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).