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National Science Foundation


Open Government

NSF Digital Strategy
Thank you for your input

NSF thanks the public for providing input to help the agency prioritize which NSF information sets to make accessible through web APIs. On Aug. 23, NSF published a list of prioritized candidate systems in Section 2.1.2 of the agency's Digital Government Strategy Report. The agency also published a list of its priority customer-facing services to optimize for mobile use in Section 7.1.1 of the report.

The invitation to the public to vote or comment on information sets was part of NSF's effort to make agency data and services more useful and dynamic, key goals of the Digital Government Strategy. The deadline for public participation was Aug. 22. You can view the outcome of the public voting at http://nsfdigitalstrategy.ideascale.com/

Learn more about NSF's digital strategy on the Digital Strategy website.
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NSF funds the best ideas and most promising people, searching out the frontiers of science and engineering to foster high-risk, potentially transformative research that will generate important discoveries and new technology.

Unlike many other federal agencies, NSF does not hire researchers or directly operate our own laboratories or similar facilities. Instead, we support scientists, engineers and educators directly through their own home institutions (typically universities and colleges). Similarly, we fund facilities and equipment such as telescopes through cooperative agreements with research consortia. Learn more about what we do.

Overview
On his first day in office, President Obama issued a directive stating his administration's commitment to "creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." Government should be transparent. Government should be participatory. Government should be collaborative. In working to achieve transparency, public participation and collaboration, agencies across the government are establishing Open Government Web pages and asking the public for ideas and suggestions.

Recent Activities

Open Government Plan
On April 19, 2012, NSF published an update of the NSF Open Government Plan, NSF Open Government Plan 2.0. The revised plan, available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=opengov, updates the first plan NSF released on April 7, 2010. NSF Open Government Plan 2.0 now serves as the roadmap for the agency's plans to improve transparency, better integrate public participation and collaboration into its core mission, and become more innovative and efficient.

NSF viewed the original plan as a first draft. It published a self-evaluation of how well the plan met the requirements of the Open Government Directive, and sought additional public comment through an OpenNSF dialog site. This updated version of the plan responds to comments NSF received from evaluators and the public, and it reflects the agency's intent to revise and improve the plan to meet every requirement of the Open Government Directive. Revisions to the plan include: incorporation of NSF's 2011-2016 Strategic Plan; new flagship initiatives; updates to NSF-provided datasets and new inter-agency collaborations. For comparison, the initial agency plan can be viewed at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf10049. NSF continues to seek public input on the plan and on the agency's other open government activities. Comments may be sent to opengov@nsf.gov.

NSF Data Sources

  • Comprehensive Information on Federal Spending by Agency and Spending Type
    USASpending.Gov

  • NSF Research Grant Funding Rates: Current Year
    An XML file containing FY 2011 NSF funding rates for competitive research proposals by organizational unit. The funding rate is calculated by dividing the number of awards by the number of awards and declines.
    Data.gov

  • NSF Research Grant Funding Rate History
    An XML file containing FY 2001 - FY 2011 NSF funding rates for competitive research proposals by organizational unit.
    Data.gov

  • NSF Obligations for Top 200 Institutions by Fiscal Year
    An XML file containing FY 2001 through FY 2011 NSF obligations by institution for the top 200 recipients defined in terms of total NSF funding received in the fiscal year.
    Data.gov

  • NSF State Obligations by Fiscal Year
    An XML file containing FY 2001 through FY 2011 NSF obligations by state and account.
    Data.gov

  • NSF Budget History by Account from FY 1951
    An XML file containing NSF budget history by account from FY 1951.
    Data.gov

  • NSF Average Dwell Time by NSF and Directorate, FY 2001 - FY 2011
    An XML file containing FY 2001 through FY 2011NSF Average Dwell Time by NSF and Directorate.
    Data.gov

  • Early and Later Career Principal Investigator (PI) Count Percentage and Funding Rates
    An XML file containing Count and Funding Rates for NSF Early and Later Career Principal Investigators (PIs).
    Data.gov

  • NSF Funding Rates by Principal Investigator (PI) Demographic--10-year Trend
    An XML file containing a history of NSF Funding Rates per Fiscal Year (FY) with Principal Investigator (PI) Demographics.
    Data.gov

  • NSF Freedom of Information Act Report for October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011
    Statistical information on the number of FOIA requests received and processed by NSF in FY11, response times for FOIA requests, the number of appeals received, and other statistics on NSF's FOIA program.
    NSF.gov | Data.Gov

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award Recipients, 2000-2012
    NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in disciplines relevant to the mission of the Foundation. This dataset includes GRFP award recipients.
    Data.Gov 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention Recipients, 2000-2011
    NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in disciplines relevant to the mission of the Foundation. This dataset includes GRFP Honorable Mention recipients.
    Data.Gov 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

  • NSF Grants Management and Information on Research Spending and Results
    Research.Gov

  • NSF Spending Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
    Recovery.Gov Track the Money

  • Performance of NSF Major IT Investments
    IT Dashboard

  • Research Spending and Results (Tool Catalog)
    Research.gov Research Spending and Results is an online, user-friendly platform to access and search detailed information about federally funded science and engineering research and education, giving the general public, the scientific community and Congress visibility into the results achieved with federally-funded research. Research awards are easily searchable by agency, awardee, award amount and date, state and congressional district (where award was made and the work is being performed), and key word such as a field of science. Information can be reviewed online or exported to various file formats, such as XML, CSV and XLS. Detailed information on federally funded research can be found for multiple agencies. Information provided for each award includes: Award recipient (institution and researcher), Award Amount and funds obligated to date, Period of Performance, State and Congressional district of where the award was made and where the work is being performed., Award Abstract describing the research effort, Citations of Journals Published as a result of the award.
    Data.Gov

  • Science and Engineering Indicators: 2012 (Tool Catalog)
    Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) comprises quantitative data on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. The "indicators" are quantitative representations that provide summary information on the scope, quality, and vitality of science and engineering.
    Data.Gov

  • Key Science and Engineering Indicators: Digest 2012 (Tool Catalog)
    This 2012 digest of key S&E indicators is an interactive tool that draws from the National Science Board's (NSB's) Science and Engineering Indicators report. The digest serves to draw attention to important trends and data points from across Indicators and to introduce readers to the data resources available in the report.
    Data.Gov

  • Science and Engineering Indicators: 2012 State Data Tool (Tool Catalog)
    The State Data Tool draws from the National Science Board's (NSB's) Science and Engineering Indicators report. This tool allows for interactive visual exploration of 58 state indicators covering the role of science and technology (S&T) in state and regional economic development.
    Data.Gov

  • Key Science and Engineering Indicators: Digest 2010 (Tool Catalog)
    This digest of key S&E indicators draws from the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators report. The digest serves to draw attention to important trends and data points from across Indicators and to introduce readers to the data resources available in the report.
    Data.Gov

  • SESTAT (Tool Catalog)
    National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG), National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG), Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR).
    Data.Gov

  • WebCASPAR (Tool Catalog)
    The WebCASPAR database provides easy access to a large body of statistical data resources for science and engineering (S&E) at U.S. academic institutions. WebCASPAR emphasizes S&E, but its data resources also provide information on non-S&E fields and higher education in general.
    WebCASPAR

  • NSF Conference Report
    OMB Memorandum M-12-12 requires federal aencies to report by January 31st of each year, information on all agency-sponsored conferences from the previous year where the net expenses for each single conference were in excess of $100,000. This report is also required to include the agency head's waiver for any single conference with net conference expenses that exceeded $500,000.

NSF Web Content

Tools

  • NSF Calendar
    An Events Calendar shows upcoming events, NSF-related congressional hearings, National Science Board (NSB) and other meetings and more.
    http://www.nsf.gov/events/

  • NSF Staff Directory
    Locate staff by searching or browsing staff and offices.
    http://www.nsf.gov/staff/

Records and Reports

  • NSF Open Government Directive Plan
    The plan serves as the roadmap for NSF's plans to improve transparency, better integrate public participation and collaboration into the core mission, and become more innovative and efficient.

  • NSF Reports to Congress
    March 27, 2012
    This web page provides links to agency reports to Congress required by statute.

  • NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2011-2016
    Empowering the Nation Through Discovery and Innovation: The National Science Foundation Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2011-2016 sets the Foundation's direction for the next five years.

  • NSF Conference Report
    OMB Memorandum M-12-12 requires federal aencies to report by January 31st of each year, information on all agency-sponsored conferences from the previous year where the net expenses for each single conference were in excess of $100,000. This report is also required to include the agency head's waiver for any single conference with net conference expenses that exceeded $500,000.

  • NSF Performance
    Submitted with the FY 2013 NSF Budget Request to Congress, NSF performance information including FY 2012-2013 Annual Performance Plan, FY 2011 Annual Performance Report and FY 2011 External Program Evaluations List

  • FY 2011 Performance and Financial Highlights (PDF)
    The report highlights key information from NSF's FY 2011 Agency Financial Report (AFR) and Annual Performance Report (APR).

  • FY 2011 Agency Financial Report (AFR)
    The first of three reports providing financial management and program performance information for FY 2011 to demonstrate accountability to our stakeholders and the American public. The AFR focuses on financial management and accountability. The other two reports -- FY 2011 Annual Performance Report and FY 2011 Performance and Financial Highlights -- will be available in February 2012.

  • FY 2010 Agency Financial Report (AFR)
    The first of three reports providing financial management and program performance information for FY2010 to demonstrate accountability to our stakeholders and the American public. The AFR focuses on financial management and accountability.

  • FY 2010 Annual Performance Report (APR)
    The second of three reports providing financial management and program performance information for FY2010, the APR includes the results of NSF's FY 2010 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) performance goals and a discussion of NSF's new performance assessment and evaluation framework. The FY 2010 APR was included in NSF's FY 2012 Budget Request.

  • FY 2010 Performance and Financial Highlights
    The third of three reports providing financial management and program performance information for FY2010, this report summarizes key information from the AFR and APR.

  • Chief FOIA Officer Report 2009
    Steps NSF has taken to apply the presumption of openness, ensure NSF has an effective system for
    responding to requests, iIncrease proactive disclosures, greater utilize technology, and reduce backlogs and improve timeliness in responding to requests.

  • NSF Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Report FY 2009
    Statistical information on the number of FOIA requests received and processed by NSF in FY09, response times for FOIA requests, the number of appeals received, and other statistics on NSF's FOIA program.

  • FY 2009 Agency Financial Report
    The first of three reports providing financial management and program performance information for FY 2009 to demonstrate accountability to our stakeholders and the American public. The AFR focuses on financial management and accountability.

  • FY 2009 Annual Performance Report
    The second of three documents on agency performance and accountability information, this report is included in the NSF FY 2011 Budget Request to Congress.

  • FY 2009 Performance and Financial Highlights
    The third of three reports prepared by NSF to demonstrate the agency's accountability to stakeholders and the American public, this report features key information from the FY 2009 Agency Financial Report and FY 2009 Annual Performance Report.

  • Report of the 2009 Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment
    Performance Assessment at NSF is guided by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

  • NSF Data Quality Standards
    NSF has developed information quality guidelines designed to fulfill the OMB guidelines.

  • NSF Collaboration With Other Federal Agencies
    August 16, 2012
    A list of NSF's programs that are conducted in partnership with other federal agencies.

  • Motor Vehicle Management
    NSF executive fleet vehicle disclosure.

  • Review of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies
    NSF is required to review its use of web measurement and customization technologies annually to ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, and OMB guidance.

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