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Due to COVID-19, the NSF Speakers Bureau is currently not processing in-person requests. Some virtual speakers are available. Please submit all virtual speaker requests through the Speaker Request Form and make a note that you are requesting a virtual speaker in the additional information section at the bottom of the form.

The NSF Speakers Bureau is a volunteer group of scientists, engineers and other professionals who represent the agency and are passionate about sharing information on NSF's mission, programs and the exciting breakthroughs that have come from NSF-funded research. NSF speakers present to a wide range of audiences at civic, professional, educational and other public venues.

NSF values outreach and science communication, and our speakers seek to engage audiences, cultivate curiosity for basic research and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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How to Request a NSF Speaker: It's easy

  1. Review the NSF Privacy Policy to understand how we use the information gathered to completed speakers requests. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Speakers Bureau.

  2. Complete the speaker request form, review the Guidelines, check that you have thoroughly reviewed them, and press the submit button. A Speakers Bureau representative will review your request and contact you.

  3. Please note all requests will take 6-8 weeks to process, so please plan your event as early as possible. If a response to your request for a speaker is not received within 60 days of your original request date, please contact the Speakers Bureau.

* Please note that submission does not guarantee a speaker; however, we will do our absolute best to locate an in-person or virtual speaker for your event. We will work with you to identify the topic and speaker that will best meet the needs of your audience. Flexibility in your topic and program date helps immensely in securing an NSF speaker. NSF Speakers can only reach locations in the United States.

If you are requesting multiple speakers for a panel discussion or a NSF exhibit, please send a detailed request to with the words "Panel" or "Exhibit" in the subject line.

If you are inviting the NSF Director to speak or attend your event, please send a detailed request to instead of using the request form.


Please complete the speaker request form that you can find here.
All requests should be submitted at least 6-8 weeks prior to your event date.
No. We make every attempt to fill all requests with either an in-person or virtual speaker; however, Speakers Bureau participation is optional and speakers may not be available for all events.
No. NSF speakers are prohibited from accepting fees, stipends, or honoraria.
Only NSF can pay for NSF speakers to travel
Yes. NSF speakers cannot participate in any activity that is associated with fundraising, political activities, promotional activities or endorsements, either directly or indirectly. In addition, NSF speakers cannot participate in any activity in which any group has been unlawfully segregated or unequally treated on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, or sexual orientation. Please review the guidelines for more details on restrictions.