The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency which was 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 $5.5 billion, they are 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.
In October 2005, NSF awarded EMU a grant to support the project entitled “Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience: Developing Integrated Science Curriculum to Increase STEM* Graduates.” The grant is a continuing grant for approximately five years.
This program is administered within the Academic Affairs Division and the Office of Undergraduate Studies & Curriculum.
We share responsibility with our states to make colleges and universities strong and to make science and technology education accessible to all the citizens who choose them. The Federal Government has primary responsibility for supporting higher education in science and technology at levels that allow the study of science or engineering, and future careers in these fields, to be competitively attractive with other fields.
Here is a link to the NSF web site: http://www.nsf.gov
*science, technology, engineering and mathematics.