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A Foundation for Robotics


June 22, 2016

Long-term federal investments in fundamental science and engineering research have led to novel machines that safely partner with people in nearly every environment.

Learn more in the NSF special report A Foundation for Robotics: Designing cooperative, intelligent systems of the future.

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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