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Office of the Director (OD)

NSF Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan

Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan

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About the Office

The Office of the Director houses the Foundation's top leadership, and oversees all Foundation activities from the development of policy priorities to the establishment of administrative and management guidelines, including long-range planning.

The positions of Director and Deputy Director are appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. NSF's statutory authority establishes a six-year term for the Director.

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Office Contacts and Locations
Office Name
Phone No.
Office of the Director
  Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer
  Staff Directory
OD 703-292-8000 W19100
Chief Information Officer OD 703-292-4299 W5255
Office of Equity and Civil Rights OECR 703-292-8020 W17200
Office of the General Counsel OGC 703-292-8060 W18200
Office of Integrative Activities OIA 703-292-8040 W17100
Office of International Science and Engineering OISE 703-292-8710 W17220
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs OLPA 703-292-8070 W18100