NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." NSF is vital because we support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. This type of support:
Is a primary driver of the U.S. economy.
Enhances the nation's security.
Advances knowledge to sustain global leadership.
With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2017), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
RI EPSCoR C-AIM SURF fellow
South Kingstown, RI
“Despite COVID-19 changing the SURF program from a 10 week program to an ongoing, flexible one that now ends in August of 2021, and preventing me from doing lab work, I was very grateful to be a part of this fellowship program. I loved going out in the field for drone flights, and working with the photos at home. I liked how my team quickly came together to be creative and devise an alternative plan. It gave me the chance to develop new problem solving skills, as well as skills I never thought I would achieve; such as working with GIS software.”
Rutgers University Ocean Data Labs REU Intern
May 2020 - July 2020
“This was a great way to learn more about oceanography and research, and I enjoyed learning how to code with Python. My mentor was incredibly helpful and encouraging and made the experience enjoyable. I gained a lot of relevant knowledge.”