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NSF Strategic Plan

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The National Science Foundation 2022-2026 Strategic Plan describes NSF's mission, vision, core values, goals, and strategic objectives for the next five years. The NSF 2022-2026 Strategic Plan builds on 70 years of NSF driving critical research across all fields of S&E and lays out our vision for the future of discovery and innovation. Read on to learn more about NSF's mission, vision, core values, and our goals and objectives.

The NSF Vision: A nation that leads the world in science and engineering research and innovation, to the benefit of all, without barriers to participation.

The NSF Mission: NSF promotes the progress of science by investing in research to expand knowledge in science, engineering and education. NSF also invests in actions that increase the capacity of the U.S. to conduct and exploit such research.

To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

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NSF's Core Values: NSF's core values are essential and enduring tenets that guide everyone in the organization as we support the agency's mission. They have been developed with the active engagement of NSF staff. These values identify who we are and what is important to us. They guide how we make decisions, set priorities, address challenges, manage trade-offs, recruit and develop personnel and work together with our awardees.

  • Scientific Leadership
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity and Excellence
  • Public Service
  • Innovation and Collaboration

Explore NSF's Strategic Goals and Objectives


Empower STEM talent to fully participate in science and engineering

Create new knowledge about our universe, the world and ourselves

Benefit society by translating knowledge into solutions

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