The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a U.S. Government Agency established in 1950 for the purpose of funding research and education in all non-medical fields of science and engineering. NSF is responsible for approximately 20-percent of all basic research in all colleges and universities in the USA. NSF's annual budget for 2008 exceeded $6 billion dollars. The NSF Director, Deputy Director and the 24-member National Science Board are appointed by the President of the USA. NSF receives about 40,000 proposals for funding each year and awards around 10,000 grants. NSF national facilities include national observatories, Antarctic Research Center, high-end computer centers, oceanographic research centers and offers Graduate Research Fellowships. The main headquarters in Arlington, Virginia has over 1700 employees, which includes 150 full time scientists. NSF is pursuing advanced work in Nanotechnology, the Ecology of Infectious Diseases in their Crosscutting program initiated recently.
Video: The next generation of 3-D holograms
Imagine watching the World Cup or the Super Bowl in 3-D in the comfort of your own home. That option may be available sooner than you think. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), optical scientist Nasser ...
Speeding up extreme big brain data analysis
It's tough to unravel the mysteries of the brain when your computer is frozen.
New electricity meters are smart—but are they trusted?
The smart grid: It's the power-system modernization effort that U.S. utilities are building to meet the country's growing demands for electricity. But it's not confined to power plants and substations—if you have a smart ...
Benefits and risks of the 'Internet of Things'
Technology publications call 2015 "the year of the car hack."
The cognitive science of survey methodology
The United Nations Statistical Commission celebrates the fifth annual World Statistics Day today. Over 60 countries have joined together to coordinate activities based on the theme of "Better data. Better lives." The National ...
The future of encryption
If you want to protect valuable information, wouldn't you keep it under lock and key?
Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, scientists find
What do the roof of a building in a West Coast redwood forest, a bluff in California chaparral, and a research vessel in Monterey Bay have in common?
When hackers talk, this research team listens
If you're a hacker, you gather as much data as you can on your targets, in search of something valuable.
Collaboratively exploring virtual worlds
Today's students are accustomed to highly stimulating and interactive content, whether in the form of video games or mobile apps. As a result, they respond to a higher level of interactivity and engagement with educational ...
Novel tech that manipulates light has applications beyond holograms
In 2010, Michael Escuti received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study and make novel hologram technologies.