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The U.S. National Science Foundation offers hundreds of funding opportunities — including grants, cooperative agreements and fellowships — that support research and education across science and engineering.

Learn how to apply for NSF funding by visiting the links below.

Finding the right funding opportunity

Learn about NSF's funding priorities and how to find a funding opportunity that's right for you.

Preparing your proposal

Learn about the pieces that make up a proposal and how to prepare a proposal for NSF.

Submitting your proposal

Learn how to submit a proposal to NSF using one of our online systems.

How we make funding decisions

Learn about NSF's merit review process, which ensures the proposals NSF receives are reviewed in a fair, competitive, transparent and in-depth manner.

NSF 101 answers common questions asked by those interested in applying for NSF funding. 

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Learn about interdisciplinary research, convergence research and transdisciplinary research.

Newest funding opportunities

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  1. Overview of Federal COVID-19 Research Funding

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  2. Government-funded research increasingly fuels innovation

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  3. Federal research funding up 6 percent in FY2014- All Images

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  4. Government-funded research plants seeds for innovation

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  5. Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest, study finds

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  6. Review of government funded research and innovation (Reid review)

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  1. Federally funded research and development centers

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Federally funded research and development centers ( FFRDCs) are public-private partnerships that conduct research and development for the United States Government. Under Federal Acquisition Regulation § 35.017, FFRDCs are operated by universities and corporations to fulfill certain long-term needs of the ...

  2. Grants & Funding

    Home Grants & Funding The National Institutes of Health is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. In fiscal year 2022, NIH invested most of its $45 billion appropriations in research seeking to enhance life, and to reduce illness and disability.

  3. NSF

    Sethuraman Panchanathan NSF Director NSF by the numbers $9.9B NSF's Fiscal Year 2023 enacted budget 93% Percent of budget supporting research, education and related activities 2000+ Organizations supported by NSF across every state and U.S. territory 300,000+ Researchers, entrepreneurs, students and teachers supported by NSF

  4. NIH Grants & Funding website

    How to Apply Find Grant Funding Funded Research (RePORT) Open Mike Blog News About Grants Navigate the NIH grants process. Grants Process Overview Get Started How to Apply Application Referral and Review Pre-Award and Post-Award Processes Forms Directory Learn More Policy & Compliance Learn about obligations of your grant award.

  5. Funding at NSF

    The U.S. National Science Foundation offers hundreds of funding opportunities — including grants, cooperative agreements and fellowships — that support research and education across science and engineering. Search for funding Search funded projects (awards) Learn how to apply for NSF funding by visiting the links below.

  6. Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development

    $35.6B Federal R&D obligations from COVID-19 pandemic-related stimulus funds totaled $35.6 billion in FY 2021—up 83.1% from $19.5 billion in FY 2020 50.6% The Department of Health and Human Services accounted for 50.6% ($21.5 billion) of federal government obligations for basic research in FY 2021

  7. Federal Research Oversight

    Public access to the results of federally funded research can accelerate scientific breakthroughs. In 2013, certain federal agencies were directed to create plans for increasing public access to publications and data they funded. However, not all agencies have fully implemented these plans.

  8. New Guidance to Ensure Federally Funded Research Data Equitably

    Public access to Federally funded research and data is critical for accelerating discovery, fostering collaboration, advancing equity, ensuring government accountability, and maximizing...

  9. COVID-19 Funded Research Projects

    NIH has received almost $4.9 billion to date to fund important COVID-19 research on diagnostic tests, vaccines, and treatments. More than $940 million came from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020, with supplemental funding coming from the U.S. Congress .

  10. WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: White House Federally Funded Research Guidance

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) landmark policy guidance for public access to federally funded research is winning enthusiastic praise from members of Congress,...

  11. Federal Research and Development: Funding Has Grown since 2012 and Is

    In the last 10 years, the federal government has increased funding for research and development (R&D)—investing $179.5 billion in FY 2021. DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services received 77% of the FY 2021 funding. COVID-19 stimulus funding led to large R&D increases for HHS.

  12. White House requires immediate public access to all U.S.-funded ...

    A decadeslong battle over how best to provide public access to the fruits of research funded by the U.S. government has taken a major turn. President Joe Biden's administration announced yesterday that, by the end of 2025, federal agencies must make papers that describe taxpayer-funded work freely available to the public as soon as the final peer-reviewed manuscript is published.

  13. PDF Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

    funded research at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the wake of the public health crisis, government, industry, and scientists voluntarily worked together to adopt an immediate public

  14. Who pays for science?

    Today, we all do. Most scientific research is funded by government grants (e.g., from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, etc.), companies doing research and development, and non-profit foundations (e.g., the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, etc.).

  15. Government-funded research increasingly fuels innovation

    21 Jun 2019 Vol 364, Issue 6446 pp. 1139 - 1141 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw2373 Innovation increasingly relies on scientific knowledge ( 1, 2 ). Research to generate that knowledge has historically been funded by both industry and government.

  16. US government reveals big changes to open-access policy

    US government reveals big changes to open-access policy. Biden administration instructs all US agencies to require immediate access to federally funded research after it is published, starting in ...

  17. For Billion-Dollar COVID Vaccines, Basic Government-Funded Science Laid

    The vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna, which are likely to be the first to win FDA approval, in particular rely heavily on two fundamental discoveries that emerged from federally funded...

  18. Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest

    Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest, Northwestern study finds 'Concerns about public funding not being aligned with public uses are unfounded,' researchers say July 12, 2022 | By Sachin Waikar Innovation Kellogg School of Management

  19. Master Government List of Federally Funded R&D Centers

    FFRDC Sponsoring agency Administrator type Location Activity type General Notes Historical Notes Prior Lists Aerospace Federally Funded Research and Development Center Administrator: The Aerospace Corporation Location: El Segundo, CA Sponsor: Department of Defense , Department of the Air Force Ames Laboratory Administrator: Iowa State University

  20. UCSF Tops Public Universities in NIH Research Funding in 2023

    UCSF's total funding of $789,196,651 ranked second among all public and private U.S. universities, after Johns Hopkins University. Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., which administers research contracts for the National Cancer Institute's Frederick National Laboratory, was the largest recipient overall, receiving $866 million.

  21. Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest, study finds

    Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest, study finds by Sachin Waikar, Northwestern University Diversity in public use. a-t, Different scientific fields experience...

  22. Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research at the U.S

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) "Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research at the U.S. Geological Survey: Scholarly Publications and Digital Data" has been updated to reflect new directives resulting from an Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum issued August 25, 2022.

  23. Federally Funded Research

    Below you can find funding opportunities, research findings, and training initiatives from several federal government agencies. Health Literacy Research. The Network of the National Library of Medicine's Regional Medical Libraries offer grant funding in their respective regions external icon. Funded projects often address health literacy by ...

  24. Jill Biden is announcing $100 million in funding for research and

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden on Wednesday announced $100 million in federal funding for research and development into women's health as part of a new White House initiative that she is heading up. The money is the first major deliverable of the White House Initiative on Women's Health Research, which was announced late last year.The money comes from the Advanced Research Projects Agency ...

  25. US Taxpayers Heavily Funded the Discovery of COVID‐19 Vaccines

    Pfizer's often‐repeated statement that it invested ~ $2 billion and did not receive any government research funding to develop its vaccine paints an incomplete picture, because its partner BioNTech received $445 million in funding from the German government to assist with COVID‐19 vaccine development. BioNTech is now licensing the NIH's ...

  26. Researchers oppose Biden plan to allow seizure of patents

    By Kathryn Palmer. National Park Service/rawpixel. President Joe Biden has touted a plan that would allow federal agencies to seize patents for products developed with federally funded research if the government deems those products too expensive. The White House has framed the proposal, which would revise the guidelines of the Bayh-Dole Act of ...

  27. Press Release

    This is the first time that the U.S. government has competitively selected teams to research this kind of technology. ... The 16 teams announced today are set to receive funding through two Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Exploratory Topics on geologic hydrogen. The first Exploratory Topic—Exploratory Topic G: Production of ...

  28. February 2024 Newsletter

    Email Us. (240) 276-6730. Last Updated: 21 Feb, 2024. The February 2024 issue of Cancer Epidemiology News includes an article on NCI program directors and their roles in the grant funding process, as well as new NIH funding opportunities, grants policy announcements, and more!

  29. The U.S.-Mexico Border: How Americans View the ...

    Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand the public's views about the large number of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. at the border with Mexico. For this analysis, we surveyed 5,140 adults from Jan. 16-21, 2024. ... Just 18% say the U.S. government is doing a good job dealing with the large number of migrants at the border, ...