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A Message from the Director of the National Science Foundation

Happy New Year! NSF has many reasons to look forward to 2016 and I am especially grateful for your energy towards making them possible. Your strong support of NSF during this last year reinforced the importance of NSF’s mission to the nation and ensured that science, and scientists, will continue to drive where we fund research. With your help, language regarding directorate-specific allocations was not included in the final Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The Omnibus appropriations bill provides NSF a $119 million increase over FY2015, bringing our total budget to $7.5 billion for FY2016. The funding includes $6 billion for NSF research and related activities as well as $880 million for NSF’s education directorate.

As we gear up for the FY2017 budget rollout, I ask that you continue to keep NSF on your “budget radar.” We will continue to work with you to develop priorities within and across disciplines as we promote the importance of increasing investments in basic research and STEM education.
Dr. France A. Cόrdova
Director, National Science Foundation

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Where Discoveries Begin...

NextGen holograms
The technology to produce holograms like those depicted in “Star Wars” is close at hand. Multiple NSF-funded research groups are working to make possible, laser-generated holograms that can be transmitted anywhere in the world in real time.

"When Nature Strikes: Science of Natural Hazards"
This video series spotlights the fundamental scientific research NSF funds to improve forecast predictability and reduce the impact of catastrophic events.

Helping nanotechnology work for everyone
NSF’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society is engaging the public and a wide range of experts  in considering the future directions this technology might take and how to make it work effectively for everyone.

What's Next?

NSF Day: Pasadena City College – 1/22/16
Learn how to compete for and secure NSF funding for science, engineering and education research.
NSF FY2017 budget overview by Dr. France Cόrdova, Director, NSF  2/9/16 
Official times to follow.

Did You Know...

NSF FY2016 Budget by the numbers
See NSF Omnibus Appropriations Act FY2016 breakdown.
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