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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    Online tools    Useful URLs    NSF Responses

OVERVIEW

Transforming the World Through Science (2nd Edition)

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Transforming the World Through Science

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The Federal Budgeting and Appropriations Process

Infographics showing the Federal budgeting and appropriations process, divided in three segments.

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Text version (Accessible)

NSF Impacts

Impacts are brief items focused on research outcomes made possible by NSF that help fuel the U.S. economy, enhance national security and sustain U.S. global leadership by advancing knowledge.

Read more at https://www.nsf.gov/impacts.

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." Special Report

NSF's Big Ideas

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 helps drive our nation's economy

A look at how NSF investments in basic research and people are critical to maintaining the scientific and technological edge that drives U.S. economic growth. Runtime: 3:12. View online or download video

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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. Runtime: 3:41. View online or download video

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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

The value of social, behavioral and economic sciences

How NSF's SBE directorate supports a wide range of research in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. This research helps improve our nationís security, bolster our economy, and maintain our global leadership. Runtime: 2:51. View online or download video

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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

NSF INCLUDES: Empowering diversity in STEM

NSF is working to increase female and minority representation in STEM education and careers. NSF INCLUDES supports programs, networks and partnerships that empower women and minority students to pursue STEM education and careers, while broadening access to a greater range of opportunities. Runtime: 4:23. View or download video

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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

Social Science: Essential when the storm strikes

How NSF-funded research in the social, behavioral and economic sciences improves hurricane risk communication, evacuation and recovery processes. Runtime: 1:17. View online or download video

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REPORTS

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/

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