The National Science Foundation funds research and education
in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through
grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges,
universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science
organizations and other research organizations throughout the
United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of
federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for
research, education and training projects, of which approximately
11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several
thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral
The agency operates no laboratories itself but does support
National Research Centers, user facilities, certain oceanographic
vessels and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also
supports cooperative research between universities and industry, US
participation in international scientific and engineering efforts,
and educational activities at every academic level.
Varies by scholarship.
For more information, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/