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Press Statement 18-008

Statement: July 20 NSF headquarters evacuation

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The National Science Foundation is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

July 20, 2018

On July 20, a suspicious package incident resulted in the evacuation of National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. At 10:37 a.m., federal and local emergency responders cleared the incident and NSF headquarters resumed business as normal.

NSF extends its thanks to the Alexandria Police Department, the Alexandria Fire Department and the Federal Protective Service for their quick and efficient response, and for ensuring the safety of the agency’s workforce.


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Rob Margetta, NSF, (703) 292-2663, 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) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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