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Funding and Support Descriptions

WHERE IT COMES FROM

FY 2018 Appropriations by Account ($7,784 million)

  • 82% - Research and Related Activities (R&RA), $6,351 million
  • 12% - Education and Human Resources (EHR), $902 million
  • 4% - Agency Operations and Award Management (AOAM), $329 million
  • 2% - Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC), $183 million
  • < 1% - Office of Inspector General (OIG), $15 million
  • < 1% - National Science Board (NSB), $4 million

Note: Totals may not add due to rounding. R&RA includes Additional Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Relief Requirements of $16.3 million from P.L. 115-123.

WHERE IT GOES - INSTITUTIONS FUNDED BY NSF

FY 2018 Obligations for Research and Education Programs ($7,471 million)

  • 77% - Colleges, Universities and Academic Consortia, $5,743 million
  • 14% - Private Industry (includes small businesses), $1,035 million
  • 4% - Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, $262 million
  • 6% - Other (includes federal, state and local governments; nonprofit organizations; and international organizations), $430 million

Note: Totals may not add due to rounding. NSF Research and Education Programs include Research & Related Activities, Education & Human Resources, and Major Research Equipment & Facilities Construction appropriations.

HOW IT GETS THERE - NSF AWARD MECHANISMS

FY 2018 Obligations for Research and Education Programs ($7,471 million)

  • 73% - Grants, $5,440 million
  • 22% - Cooperative Agreements, $1,653 million
  • 5% - Contracts, $378 million

Note: Totals may not add due to rounding. NSF Research and Education Programs include Research & Related Activities, Education & Human Resources, and Major Research Equipment & Facilities Construction appropriations.

HOW IT IS SPENT

Number of NSF Competitive Proposals, New Awards, and Funding Rates

 

FY 2014

FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

Competitive Proposals

48,074

49,635

49,306

49,425

48,336

New Awards

10,981

12,016

11,893

11,456

11,717

Funding Rate (%)

23%

24%

24%

23%

24%

NSF Support of Academic Basic Research in Selected Fields (as a percentage of total federal support)

  • 85% - Computer Science
  • 69% - Biology
  • 63% - Environmental Sciences
  • 62% - Mathematics
  • 62% - Social and Psychological Sciences
  • 44% - Engineering
  • 44% - Physical Sciences
  • 25% - All Science and Engineering Fields

Note: Biology includes Biological Sciences and Environmental Biology. Biology and Psychological Sciences exclude National Institutes of Health funding from the total amount of federal support.

Source: NSF/National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Federal Funds for Research & Development, FY 2016.