2011 Budget Request
NSF FY 2011 Budget Request to Congress
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Credit: John Rogers, University of Illinois.
The National Science Foundation is the only federal agency dedicated to the support of basic research and
education across all fields of science and engineering. For 60 years, we have been exploring the frontiers
of scientific knowledge and extending the reach of engineering by encouraging, identifying, and funding
the best ideas and most promising people. The high-risk, potentially transformative investments we make
generate important discoveries and new technology, create and train a dynamic workforce, and spark the
curiosity and creativity of millions. Our investments in research and education help ensure that our
Nation remains globally competitive, prosperous, and secure.
NSF's FY 2011 Budget Request is $7.424 billion, an increase of $551.89 million (8 percent) over the
2010 enacted level.
NSF-funded research is characterized by its breadth. NSF prioritizes the integration of education into its
research programs, and takes into account the broader societal impacts of the work it funds, such as the
training that students and young researchers receive in the research process, and the educational
opportunities the work and its people can then provide to the larger community of K-16 students and
teachers and the general public.
NSF's comprehensive and flexible support of meritorious projects with
broad societal impacts enables
the Foundation to identify and
foster both fundamental and
within and among fields of
inquiry. NSF has the latitude
to support emerging fields,
collaborations, and research
that pushes, and even
transforms, the very frontiers
of knowledge. In these ways,
NSF's discoveries inspire the
American public--and the
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