Key Program Functions and NSF's Goals

NSF's Strategic Plan, NSF in a Changing World, identifies three long-term goals to guide the agency's activities. Wise investments in each of the key program functions are needed to further each of NSF's long-term goals. The three goals, and the nature of each key program function's contribution to it, are:

Enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society.

Achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels.

NSF's Administration and Management function is critical to the achievement of all the goals and investments. NSF strives to make informed and efficient investment decisions in order to get maximum return across the whole of NSF's portfolio

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