Media Advisory 05-001
New NSF Web Site Released
January 31, 2005
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.The National Science Foundation introduces a new Web site, entirely redesigned to better serve both the research and education community and the general public. The Web address remains the same: http://www.nsf.gov.
Through the new site, NSF hopes to more effectively explain its use of public funds, and the results derived from it, while offering a user-friendly interface for its thousands of grantees and contractors. NSF supports researchers and educators in all fields of science and engineering through competitive grants and other funding awards to more than 2,000 institutions in all 50 states. As an independent federal agency, NSF receives public support through Congressional appropriations.
The new Web site culminates more than a year of study and analysis regarding the most current and effective ways to communicate in today’s fast-paced electronic information environment. It represents the first major redesign of the NSF Web site in five years.
Some key features that are aimed at the general public:
- A help center describing the new features
- A plain-language explanation of NSF and how it works
- General overviews on the types of science that NSF supports
- Results of NSF research
- Examples of NSF-supported TV programs and other informal education efforts
Additional features that are aimed at the science and education community:
- A new "funding" section, including an A-Z index, and upcoming due dates
- A new way to find NSF employees
- Quick access to science and engineering statistics
- Consistent design to NSF directorates, divisions and programs
Revisions and updates to the new site will be undertaken as required.
Mary E. Hanson, NSF, (703) 292-8070, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2022 budget of $8.8 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.