The National Science Foundation : background and selected policy issues / Heather B. Gonzalez -- An analysis of STEM education funding at the NSF : trends and policy discussion / Heather B. Gonzalez -- U.S. National Science Foundation : experimental program to stimulate competitive research (EPSCoR) / Christine M. Matthews -- National Science Foundation : steps taken to improve contracting practices, but opportunities exist to do more / United States Goverment Accountability Office.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports both basic research and education in the nonmedical sciences and engineering. Congress established the foundation as an independent federal agency in 1950 and directed it to ""promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense; and for other purposes."" The NSF is a primary source of federal support for U.S. university research, especially in certain fields such as mathematics and computer science. It is also responsible for significant shares of the federal science, technology,
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