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Grunge cog wheels | futuristic shape abstract background
Credit:, design by Laura Hitt, NSF

Word graphic about data science


Harnessing Data for 21st Century Science and Engineering

Word graphic about data science.
Credit: James Kurose, NSF

creative teams working on giant digital tablets and communicating digitally


The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

Illustration of creative teams working on giant digital tablets and communicating digitally.
Credit: Jesus Sanz/

melting ice in the Arctic


Navigating the New Arctic

Aerial photo of melting ice in the Arctic.
Credit: Roger Wakimoto, NSF

LIGO in Livingston, La., viewed from above


Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

Aerial photo of LIGO in Livingston, Louisiana. The LIGO gravitational wave detector is the first major instrument that has successfully used gravitational waves to learn about the universe.
Credit: LIGO Scientific Collaboration

IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica


Windows on the Universe (2)

Photo of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica. Billions of neutrinos from the sun are passing through us every second, but it takes a sophisticated instrument such as the Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory to detect neutrinos from the distant universe.
Credit: F. Fleming Crim, NSF

radio telescopes at ALMA in Chile


Windows on the Universe (3)

Photo of ALMA in Chile. The ALMA telescope is an example of a detector that we use to receive information via radio light.
Credit: F. Fleming Crim, NSF

quantum computation with trapped ions


The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution

illustration of quantum computation with trapped ions.
Credit: Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland

seedling being watered by hand


Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype

Photo of seedling being watered by hand.
Credit: ©

a bridge with middle section missing


Mid-scale Research Infrastructure

Photo of a broken bridge.
Credit: ©

People and question marks graphic suggesting future ideas


NSF 2026: Seeding Innovation

Graphic suggesting future ideas
Credit: © and design by Adrian Apodaca,

Abstract suggesting convergence


Growing Convergent Research at NSF

Illustration suggesting convergence.
Credit: ©iStockphoto/enjoynz

Series of icons and diverse people sitting at table, from report cover


NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science): Enhancing STEM through Diversity and Inclusion

NSF INCLUDES report cover.
Credit: Trinka Kensill, NSF




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