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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health. With an annual budget of about US$7.0 billion (fiscal year 2012), the NSF funds approximately 20% of all federally supported basic research conducted by the United States' colleges and universities.<ref name="NSF Site"/> In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.

The NSF's director, deputy director, and the 24 members of the National Science Board (NSB)<ref name="nsf"/> are appointed by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the United States Senate. The director and deputy director are responsible for administration, planning, budgeting and day-to-day operations of the foundation, while the NSB meets six times a year to establish its overall policies. The current NSF director, confirmed in March 2014, is astronomer France A. Córdova, former president of Purdue University.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

National Science Foundation sections
Intro  Grants and the merit review process  Scope and organization  History and mission  Public attitudes and understanding  Criticism of the NSF  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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