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Entrepreneurial Leader Recognized For Bridging Disciplines and Innovating Solutions

June 26, 2008

Joseph DeSimone Joseph M. DeSimone, director of the NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes in North Carolina, was awarded the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for bridging the interface between seemingly disparate fields and concepts to foster invention and innovation. Full Story

Lemelson-MIT Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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