You are viewing a Web site, archived on 11:19:38 Oct 31, 2004. It is now a Federal record managed by the National Archives and Records Administration.
External links, forms, and search boxes may not function within this collection. Note that this document was downloaded, and not saved because it was a duplicate of a previously captured version (14:16:24 Oct 27, 2004). HTTP headers presented here are from the original capture.
Skip To Content Skip To Left Navigation
NSF Logo Search GraphicGuide To Programs GraphicImage Library GraphicSite Map GraphicHelp GraphicPrivacy Policy Graphic
OLPA Header Graphic
Priority Areas Header Graphic Highlights Header Graphic

Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE)

Information Technology Research (ITR)

Mathematical Sciences

Human and Social Dynamics


In addition to its investments in core research and education, NSF identifies and supports emerging opportunities that hold exceptional promise to advance knowledge. Investments in each of these priority areas support a broad range of promising research directions and platforms in developing areas of science and engineering.

NSF's budget for the 2004 fiscal year emphasizes investments in five interdependent priority areas:

image of photonic crystals


Nanoscale Science and Engineering
This priority area explores phenomena at molecular and atomic scales and new techniques to facilitate a broad range of applications. Recent advances have already begun to spawn useful new materials and promising innovations that will touch every part of our lives. To learn more about the Nanoscale Science and Engineering priority area, see http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/priority/nano/start.htm

rainforest image


Biocomplexity in the Environment
This priority area is a multidisciplinary effort that draws on new scientific and technological capabilities to investigate the interactions among ecological, social and physical earth systems. To learn more about the Biocomplexity in the Environment priority area, see http://www.nsf.gov/geo/ere/ereweb/fund-biocomplex.cfm

image of head diagram and numbers


Information Technology Research
This priority area deepens research on software, networking, scalability, and communications to improve ways to gather, store, analyze, share, and display information. To learn more about the Information Technology Research priority area, see http://www.itr.nsf.gov/

Mathematical equations


Mathematical Sciences
The role of mathematics has expanded in science and society, and today’s discoveries in science and engineering are intertwined with advances across the mathematical sciences. This priority area will focus on fundamental mathematical and statistical research, collaboration between the mathematical sciences and other disciplines, and mathematics education. To learn more, see http://www.nsf.gov/mps/divisions/dms/start.htm

Picture of human brain split in half


Human and Social Dynamics
This priority area aims to help people and organizations better manage profound or rapid change through a better understanding of the causes and ramifications of change, the dynamics of behavior and the human mind, and the cognitive and social structures that create and define change. To learn more about the Human and Social Dynamics priority area, see http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/hsd/start.htm


National Science Foundation
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230, USA
Tel: 703-292-8070
FIRS: 800-877-8339 | TDD: 703-292-5090

NSF Logo Graphic