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Media Advisory


NSF PA/M 02-05 - January 31, 2002

Electronic Resources for Journalists

Useful Websites and Statistical Resources

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers many electronic resources to track the latest developments in science and engineering research and education. NSF also maintains a variety of related statistical resources.

News and General Information Websites:
NSF Home Page:
News Highlights:

Award Searches (to search NSF awards from 1970 through present):
-through NSF's FastLane:

  • List of awards by institution
  • List of awards by state
  • Full-text search of NSF awards (For example, using PI or institution name)

Award Searches (summaries and analyses):

  • Award summary: by state/institution (since 1996)
  • Award summary: top institutions (For example, find how institutions rank among NSF's "top-50" in terms of funding)
  • Funding rate by state
  • NSF funding history (since 1951)
    TIP: When using this website, select "view report" after specifying your search criteria. Also select "first page" or "home page" to backtrack.

NSF Statistics

NSF Data Clearinghouse (all-inclusive science statistics):

NSF Statistical Reports:

  • education and workforce demographics (including minorities, women, and the disabled)
  • research and development funding, performance, infrastructure
  • impact of information technology
  • science and engineering indicators
  • international statistics
  • and more

Related NSF Statistical Databases:

Descriptions of NSF Surveys:

NSF-related Congressional legislation, testimony, and hearings:

NSF Image Library:
A Library of hundreds of publicly accessible images from NSF-supported research

How to Receive NSF News and Information:

  1. NSFnews. To regularly receive NSF press materials, sign up for our instant e-mail delivery system, NSFnews. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to In the body of the message (not the subject line) type "subscribe nsfnews" and then type your name. (For example: "Subscribe nsfnews James Smith.") You will receive an email confirmation. For more information about NSFnews, send another e-mail message to; in the body, type "help." (To unsubscribe, send an email message to; in the body, type "unsubscribe nsfnews" and then type your name.)

  2. Custom News. NSF offers a broader service called "Custom News," which delivers news items plus all other NSF publications and releases, including funding opportunity announcements and statistical reports. It offers a webbased sign-up, and delivery of alerts through both email and the web. This is best for those who want a variety of products and don't need immediate notification. To subscribe, go to the NSF home page ( and click on "Custom News Services" (left side).

  3. Other Sources. NSF also posts its news releases and other news products on two external posting services for journalists:
    - NewsWise (
    - EurekAlert (



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