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Established in 1950, the National Science
Foundation (NSF) is the federal government's
only agency dedicated to the support of
education and fundamental research in
all scientific and engineering disciplines.
Our mission is to ensure that the United
States maintains leadership in scientific
discovery and the development of new technologies.
We have achieved this mission repeatedly
over the past 50 years.
The National Science Foundation's first
location at 901 16th Street, NW, Washington,
"By the National Science Foundation Act of
1950 the Congress established the National Science
Foundation to promote the progress of science;
to advance the national health, prosperity, and
welfare; to secure the national defense; and for
other purposes. The President approved the act
on May 10, 1950."
– Excerpt from The First Annual Report of the
National Science Foundation, 1950-51.
In the year 2000, NSF celebrated its 50th anniversary.
To learn more about the agency's history, see: