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Toolkit

These tools and resources--providing information about the impact of NSF's investments in science and engineering research and education--are available for viewing online and downloading.

Overview    Videos    Reports    Online tools    Useful URLs    NSF Responses

OVERVIEW

Transforming the World Through Science

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Science Communication Toolkit for Principal Investigators

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Science Communication Toolkit presentation

NSF: Where Discoveries Begin

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NSF: Where Discoveries Begin

Data by Design: Snapshot of NSF's Programs, Processes, Funding & Impact

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Same as above, but with interactive elements designed for live presentations (PPTX, 28MB)

Symbols portraying Data by Design

10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments

As we look ahead to the coming decades, we must envision bold questions that will drive NSF's long-term research agenda -- questions that will ensure future generations continue to reap the benefits of fundamental science and engineering research. This is the reason behind these 10 "big ideas." Download (PDF, 1.3MB)

10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments

Fact Sheet: National Science Foundation

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NSF Fact Sheet

NSF Organizational Chart

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NSF Organizational Chart

VIDEOS

Videos about NSF for your use

To download, click the play button on your selected video. When controls appear at the bottom of the video window, click on the downward arrow.

How NSF enhances our nation's security

A brief look at some of the many ways NSF-funded science and engineering helps strengthen America's security and safeguard our infrastructure, national interests and communities. Full length (03:41)

image with random numbers and letters

The Importance of NSF Funding

Past and present NSF grantees attest to the importance of NSF support to their research and to innovation. Runtime: 1:18. View online or download video

Interviewee in NSF funding video

Why NSF is vital to our nation's defense

William McRaven, University of Texas System Chancellor and a retired four-star Navy admiral, describes NSF's critical importance to the Department of Defense and our nation's security. McRaven is former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and is considered one of the country's top foreign policy experts. Runtime: 0:55. View online or download video

William McRaven

Creating Knowledge to Transform Our Future

A brief look at how NSF-supported fundamental research helps drive our nation's economy, enhance our security, advance our knowledge to sustain global leadership, and transform our future. Runtime: 1:27. View online or download video

Extended version with additional information about the agency's mission, budget and merit review process. Runtime: 2:25. View online or download video

Creating Knowledge to Transform Our Future

Foundation for Innovation

How NSF support for fundamental research is critical to discovery, innovation and economic growth. Runtime: 4:17. View online or download video

Foundation for Innovation: images of astronomy facilities

Opener, closer or bookend videos

For use in presentations or speeches, bringing emphasis to key NSF messages.

Knowledge, Security, the Economy   Full length (00:20)   |   Abbreviated (00:11)

Transform   With voice (00:11)   |   Music only (00:08)

NSF logo with the word Transform

Ten Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment

Ten research and process "big ideas" that will drive important aspects of NSF's long-term research agenda and push forward the frontiers of U.S. science and engineering research, and lead to new discoveries and innovations. Runtime: 11:20. View online or download video

Ten Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment

Six Research Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment

Six research "big ideas" that will drive important aspects of NSF's long-term research agenda, push forward the frontiers of U.S. science and engineering research, and lead to new discoveries and innovations. (This is the same video as above, without the four process big ideas.) Runtime: 7:19. View online or download video

Six Research Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment

More Distance, Less Fuel

One example of how NSF funding holds the promise of significant economic impact and knowledge to sustain global leadership. Runtime: 1:22. View online or download video

More Distance, Less Fuel: New technology promises lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles

NSF's Merit Review Process

How NSF determines which research has the greatest potential and would be the most impactful investment of taxpayer dollars. Runtime: 6:16. View online or download video

NSF's Merit Review Process

NSF Proposal Review Panels

What really happens in a proposal review panel? Audiences will get a good sense from this mock review session as panelists discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a CAREER Award proposal. Runtime: 6:16. View online or download video

Review panel meeting

REPORTS

Unlocking the Secrets of Science

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Unlocking the Secrets of Science

Perspectives on Broader Impacts

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Perspectives on Broader Impacts

Understanding Life: Biological Sciences

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Understanding Life: Biological Sciences / Bee on flower

Enhancing Our Lives Through Computing: Computer & Information Science & Engineering

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Enhancing Our Lives Through Computing

Inspiring STEM Learning: Education and Human Resources

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Inspiring STEM Learning: Education and Human Resources

Making Future Technologies Possible: Engineering

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Making Future Technologies Possible: Engineering

Unraveling Earth's Complexity: Geosciences

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Unraveling Earth's Complexity: Geosciences / Aerial image of land and water

Enriching the Language of Discovery: Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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Enriching the Language of Discovery / Mathematical graph

Innovating for the Nation's Future: Office of International and Integrative Activities

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Innovating for the Nation's Future

Exploring What Makes Us Human: Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

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Exploring What Makes Us Human

Bringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral and Economic Research Addresses National Challenges

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Bringing People Into Focus

NSF Engineering Research Centers: Creating New Knowledge, Innovators and Technologies for Over 30 Years

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NSF Engineering Research Centers

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

ONLINE TOOLS

NSF's Budget Internet Information System allows you to view the number of NSF awards made to your state and you can drill down to see the number of awards made to specific institutions in your state.

USEFUL URLS

Budget
Requests and Annual Appropriations, FY 1998 - Present
www.nsf.gov/about/budget/

ROI Budget Overview Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.12MB)
www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2017/budget_onepager.pdf

Fact Sheet: NSF's Connection to Nobel Prize Recipients (PDF, 162KB)
www.nsf.gov/about/congress/reports/nsf_nobel_winners.pdf

Open Government
www.nsf.gov/open/

NSF Responses