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Media Advisory 14-005

National Science Foundation Presents FY 2015 Budget Request

Media availability with acting director to follow presentation

graphic illustration with the text Fiscal Year 2015 budget request

Investment in fundamental research seen as essential to country's innovation.

March 4, 2014

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National Science Foundation (NSF) Acting Director Cora Marrett presents President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress for NSF at 11:00 a.m. EST on Monday, March 10, at NSF's headquarters at 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Va.

Marrett's briefing will follow up on President Obama's speech today describing the government-wide FY15 budget. The FY15 budget request for NSF of $7.3 billion supports investments in fundamental research across all scientific disciplines, engineering and education that continue to enhance our national economy, security and quality of life.

The budget request represents an increase of about 1 percent over the FY 2014 appropriation of $7.2 billion. Additional funding provided by the Opportunity, Growth and Security initiative will ensure strong support for the core activities that transform the frontiers of learning and discovery, allowing NSF to provide about 1,000 additional awards. OGSI will add to NSF's support for important national priorities in areas such as climate change, energy, advanced manufacturing, neuroscience and human capital development.

The budget request is divided into appropriation accounts in a summary document on the NSF website.

Immediately following her presentation, Marrett will be available for interviews with credentialed media.

Also following Marrett's presentation, NSF assistant directors and office heads will provide separate programmatic briefings in break-out rooms at NSF.

NSF will webcast the briefing, and media at remote sites will be able to access it in listen-only mode. The webcast video will be posted to the Web later in the day.


National Science Foundation FY 2015 Budget Request


NSF Acting Director Cora Marrett


March 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m.


National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd. Suite 1235
Arlington, VA 22230


Orange Line, Ballston

Credentialed media must contact Maria Zacharias at or (703) 292-8454 to make arrangements to attend the briefing, or to obtain log-in information for the webcast.


Media Contacts
Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8454, email:

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) 2017, 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.

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