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FY 2012 Budget Request

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Cover image: Microbe vs. Mineral -- A Life and Death Struggle in the Desert.

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Credit: Michael P. Zach, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

For 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has played a central role in innovation by catalyzing the development of fundamental ideas in science and engineering and supporting the people who generate them. As the only federal agency dedicated to the support of basic research and education across all fields of science and engineering, and in a time when economic and environmental challenges are becoming increasingly pressing, NSF is positioned to strategically stimulate innovative research that connects the science and engineering enterprise with potential economic, societal, and educational benefit. NSF's high-risk, potentially transformative investments will continue to lead the way for the important discoveries and cutting-edge technologies that will help keep our Nation globally competitive, prosperous, and secure.

NSF's FY 2012 Budget Request is $7.767 billion, an increase of $894.49 million (13 percent) over the 2010 Enacted level. In addition, NSF will receive $1.0 billion over five years for research on improving access to wireless broadband through the Wireless Innovation (WIN) Fund proposed under the Administration's Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative (WI3).

NSF's comprehensive and flexible support of meritorious projects with broad societal impacts enables the Foundation to identify and foster both fundamental and transformative discoveries within and among fields of inquiry. NSF has the latitude to support emerging fields, high-risk ideas, interdisciplinary 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 world.


To view related information about the budget request, please use the links below.

Budget, Finance & Award Management (BFA)

Budget Division

FY 2012 Budget Request (Summary Brochure)

Office of Legislative & Public Affairs (OLPA)

Open document Press Release: NSF Presents President's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request of $ 7.76 Billion

Open document Remarks by Dr. Subra Suresh, NSF Director

Open document Video of Remarks by Dr. Subra Suresh, NSF Director

Open document Director's FY 2012 Budget Request Presentation Slides

Open document Empowering the Nation Through Discovery and Innovation - NSF Strategic Plan for FY 2011-2016

Fact Sheet: Creating a World-Class Science and Engineering Workforce

Fact Sheet: The Foundation for the Next Generation of Innovation

Fact Sheet: Innovation for a Competitive Advantage

Fact Sheet: Next Generation Computing and Communications

Fact Sheet: Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability

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