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National Science Foundation (NSF) AAU FY19 Funding Brief

NSF Budget Chart AAU

Source: AAAS, 2018

AAU urges Congress to provide $8.45 billion for the National Science Foundation in FY19.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the cornerstone of America’s basic research enterprise. NSF is focused on fundamental, interdisciplinary, and ground-breaking research and education needed to ensure that the U.S. remains competitive in the decades ahead. A leader among federal agencies in strengthening its support of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, NSF competitively awards grants to support research and education, as well as scientific equipment and infrastructure.

AAU strongly supports NSF’s mission of developing a STEM-capable workforce and a STEM-literate citizenry that can compete in the global marketplace. To remain globally competitive, continued federal investment in the following education programs are needed:

  • Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF);
  • NSF Research Traineeships (NRT); and
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE).

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