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Are searches case sensitive?
No. A search for BIO or bio or Bio will produce the same results.
How do I wildcard a search?
Adding an * to the end of the search string will perform a wildcard search.
I searched for an award by program, but didn't find any results. I know this program has made awards.
Awards are tagged to a program by element codes and/or reference codes, and this can affect the results of the search.

Try entering just part of the program name followed by an asterisk into the program search box. (eg, bio*). On the results page, look for the desired program name in the results list, and click on the program name to repeat the search for the exact program name.

Other alternatives are to perform a "program element code" search, or for NSF-wide programs (such as CAREER), a "program reference code" search.
How many results get exported?
Up to 1,000 results will be exported, depending on the search criteria and number of awards found.
Why do you use cookies?
This application uses session cookies to "remember" search values as individual users navigate between the various search tabs. The session variables are used only for the duration of the individual session and only for navigation within the application. No personally identifiable information is collected, and no information is retained by NSF after the session is complete. All information will be handled in accordance with the NSF Privacy Policy
What browsers do you support?
Internet Explorer versions 5 and above, Netscape versions 6 and above, and Mozilla versions 1.6 and above.
Do I need javascript enabled in my web browser to use the award search?
Javascript is recommended but not required. The award search will still work without javascript enabled.
I'm not getting the results I expected.
Please use the comment form to give us much detail as you can about the search you are performing. If you provide your email address, we will try to resolve the problem for you.
"Search Award For" Text Box
Searches the title, abstract, and award number fields, unless restricted by the "Restrict to Title Only" checkbox. The search looks for awards with all of the entered terms.

"Restrict to Title Only" Checkbox
Restricts the search in the "Search Award For" text box to search only the award title.
Principal Investigator "First Name" Text Box
Searches by the First Name of the Principal Investigator. Example: Searching for "Pat" would match Patrick, Patricia, and Pat.
"Principal Investigator "Last Name" Text Box
Searches by the Last Name of the Principal Investigator. Example: Searching for "John" would match Johnson, Johnston, and John.
Note: The "PI Lookup" allows you to browse or search for Principal Investigators by entering the PI's First Name, Last Name, Email, City, State, Zip, Country, or Department Name into the lookup search form. The results will be sorted by organization, city, state and country. If your browser is javascript enabled, selecting a PI name will insert that name into the main award search form.

"Organization" Text Box
Search by the Principal Investigator Organization/Institution. Enter part of the name to get the most possible matches.
The "NSF Org Lookup" allows you to browse or search for organization names by Name, State, Zip, Country, or Congressional District Code. The results are sorted by name, state and country. If your browser is javascript enabled, selecting a institution name will insert that value into the main award search form.
"State" Drop Down Box
Select the State. This also includes US territories.
"ZIP Code" Text Box
Search by five digit ZIP Code.
"Country" Drop Down Box
Search by Country. It is not necessary to specify 'US' as the country when also using a US state.
"Program" Text Box
Search for awards made under specific NSF programs. This search uses wildcards around the search term (*term*). Example: "bio" would also find "Frontiers in Bio Res (FIBR)" and "Postdoc Rsch Fllwshp Micro Bio".
The "Program Lookup" allows you to look up the names of NSF programs by entering a Program Reference Code, Program Element Code, or Program Name. The A-Z lists allows you to browse programs by name. If you are using a javascript enabled browser, selecting a program name will enter that program into the main search form.

"NSF Organization" Drop Down Box
Restrict search to awards made by a specific NSF Organization. Selecting a Directorate will also return awards made by Divisions within that Directorate.

"Program Officer" Text Box
Search for awards made by a specific NSF Program Officer. If unsure of the spelling, enter part of the name. Example: search on "John" to match both "Johnson" and "Johnston".

"Element Code" Text Box
Search by NSF Element Code. These are the four digit numbers which NSF uses to identify the funding source for the program. The search looks for awards with all of the entered codes.
The "Element Code Lookup" allows you to browse or search for element codes by the program element name. If you have a javascript enabled browser, select a result from the list to enter the code into the main award search form.

"Reference Code" Text Box
Search by the Reference Code. Program Reference Codes are another type of NSF funding code, often used for cross-directorate or NSF-wide programs. The search looks for awards with all of the entered codes.
The "Ref Code Lookup" allows you to browse or search for reference codes by the program reference name. Select a result from the list to enter the code into the main award search form.

"Field of Application" Drop Down Box
Search by the Field of Application.
"Start Date Search Type" Drop Down Box
Restrict searches to an award date range, awards on or before a date, or awards on or after a date.
"From Start Date" Text Box
This allows you to set the From Start Date for an award. The From Start Date box is used when the Start Date search type is a date range or on or after a certain date.
"To Start Date" Text Box
Set the To Start Date for an award. The To Start Date box is used when the Start Date search type is a date range or on or before a certain date.
"Expiration Date Search Type" Drop Down Box
Set the search type for the Expiration Date drop down box. The Expiration Date can be limited to a date range, awards on or before a date, or awards on or after a date.
"From Expiration Date" Text Box
This allows you to set the From Expiration Date for an award. The From Expiration Date box is used when the Expiration Date search type is a date range or on or after a certain date.
"To Expiration Date" Text Box
Set the To Expiration Date for an award. The To Expiration Date box is used when the Expiration Date search type is a date range or on or before a certain date.
"Award Number Search Type" Drop Down Box
Search by specific award numbers, an award number range, or awards less than or greater than a specific number.

"From Award Number" Text Box
Enter the specific award number, or the first number for range searches.
"To Award Number" Text Box
Set the maximum number for award number range searches.
"Congressional
District" Drop Down Box
Search by Congressional
District. Congressional District searches should be combined with a State value, since district numbers can be used in more than one state.
Congressional District lookups (at house.gov, will open in new window):
   Search for Congressional District by ZIP Code
   Search for Congressional District by State

"Amount" Drop Down Box
Return awards in the selected dollar Amount range.
"Award Instrument" Drop Down Box
Search by the Award Instrument.
"Active Awards Only" Checkbox
Restrict the search to "Active Awards Only". To search both active and expired awards leave all boxes unchecked.
"Expired Awards Only" Checkbox
Restrict the search to "Expired Awards Only". To search both active and expired awards leave all boxes unchecked.
"PI Lookup"
Find Principal Investigators by First Name, Last Name, Email, City, State, Zip, Country, or Department Name. The A-Z links give results by Principal Investigator Last Name. Results are filtered to only include investigators assigned to an award.
"Organization Lookup"
Find Principal Investigator Organizations by Name, State, Zip, Country, or Congressional District Code. The A-Z links give results by Organization Name. Results are filtered to only include organizations assigned to an award.
Congressional District lookups (at house.gov, will open in new window):
   Search for Congressional District by ZIP Code
   Search for Congressional District by State
"Program Lookup"
Find Programs by Program Reference Code, Program Reference Name, Program Element Code, or Program Element Name. The A-Z links give results by Program Name. For some programs, there may be more than one listing. These listings are based on internal NSF coding and search results may differ. Also, results are filtered to only include funded programs assigned to an award.
"NSF Org Lookup"
Find NSF Organizations by Organization Name or Abbreviation. The A-Z links give results by NSF Organization Name.
"Element Code Lookup"
Find Program Element Codes by Element Code or Element Code Name. The A-Z links give results by Program Element Code Name. Results are filtered to only include funded program element codes assigned to an award.
"Ref Code Lookup"
Find Program Reference Codes by Reference Code or Reference Code Name. The A-Z links give results by Program Reference Code Name. Results are filtered to only include funded program reference codes assigned to an award.

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