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ObservatoryThe Arecibo Observatory is part of the
National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), a national research
center operated by Cornell University under a cooperative agreement
with the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Optical Astronomy ObservatoriesNOAO is funded by
the National Science Foundation and operated by the Association
of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.
Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsMultimedia
Online Expo: Science for the Millennium Whispers from the Cosmos
High in a dry plain at Hat Creek in northern California sits
the Berkeley-Illinois-Maryland Association's (BIMA) radiosynthesis
array. The BIMA array's many receiving dishes act as a single telescope,
searching the heavens for clues to such questions as: Is space
really empty? What lies between the stars?
in a ComputerWitness the birth of the cosmos, watch
the universe unfold, all from your desktop.
for Particle AstrophysicsThe
Center for Particle Astrophysics, an NSF Science and Technology
Center, sees as its mission playing a leading role in the investigation
of the central scientific problem of dark matter while developing
a new model of scientific research more attuned to the multidisciplinary
nature of our enterprise and the environment in which we live.
NSF is the lead Federal agency for the support of ground-based astronomy.
Program areas in the Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) include
planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy and astrophysics, galactic
astronomy, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.
Oscillation Network Group (GONG)
GONG is a community-based project to conduct a detailed study of
solar internal structure and dynamics using helioseismology.
Challenge Cosmology ConsortiumGC3
is an NSF-funded HPCC grand challege project devoted to harnessing
the power of parallel computers to explore the origin of large scale
structure in the universe and how galaxies form. Consortium institutions
include Princeton, MIT, U. Illinois, Indiana U., U.C. Santa Cruz,
U. Pittsburgh and the NCSA and PSC supercomputer centers.
Radio Astronomy ObservatoryA
research facility of the National Science Foundation, NRAO provides
state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the scientific
Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (OCIW) is
an organization founded by George Ellery Hale in 1904. Located in
Pasadena, California, OCIW operates telescopes at its site on Cerro
Las Campanas, Chile.
Institution of WashingtonThe
Carnegie Institution of Washington, a private, nonprofit organization
engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy,
and the earth sciences, was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and
incorporated by Act of Congress in 1904.
Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The Center for Astrophysics combines the resources and research
facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory under a single director to pursue studies
of those basic physical processes that determine the nature and
evolution of the universe.
NSF Image LibraryThis Library was created to illustrate the many areas of research supported by NSF. Whenever possible, we have tried to include images of actual NSF-supported research. For those areas of science where authentic photos were not available, we have used images from external sources that are representative of NSF research projects and activities. NSF is grateful to those external sources that have allowed us to use their material.
NSF: Celebrating 50 YearsEstablished in 1950, NSF is the Federal Government's only agency dedicated to the support of education and fundamental research in all scientific and engineering disciplines. Its purpose is to ensure that the United States maintains leadership in discovery, learning and innovation across science, mathematics and engineering. We have achieved this purpose repeatedly over the past 50 years.
Nifty50The nifty50 are NSF-funded inventions, innovations and discoveries that have become commonplace in our lives.
Science StatisticsThe Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS) fulfills the legislative mandate of the National Science Foundation Act to "
provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources, and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies of the Federal Government
" SRS is the nation's primary source of data on the science and engineering enterprise.
FastLaneFastLane is an interactive real-time system used to conduct NSF business over the Internet.
FastLane Award SearchesNSF provides several ways to research past (since 1989) and current awards. The FastLane server offers several options, including: list of recent awards; list of awards by program; list of awards by institution; and list of awards by state.
Online Document SystemNSF encourages electronic dissemination of its documents. NSF's Online Document System includes all publications and forms available in electronic formats. You can search by document type, by NSF publication or form number, or by key word.
Custom News ServiceThe Custom News Service is available to anyone wishing to know about new NSF publications.