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NSF Headquarters
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NSF Headquarters

July 26, 2010
The National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters, located in Arlington, Va.

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." With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 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. For more information about NSF, visit the "NSF Web site."