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National Science Foundation

noun, U.S. Government
an independent agency of the executive branch, created in 1950, that promotes and supports research and education in the sciences.
Abbreviation: NSF. Unabridged
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National Science Foundation in Technology
(NSF) A US government agency that promotes the advancement of science by funding science researchers, scientific projects and infrastructure to improve the quality of scientific research. The NSFNET is funded by NSF.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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an independent agency of the U.S. government that supports basic research and education in a wide range of sciences and in mathematics and engineering. It was inspired by advances in science and technology that occurred as a result of World War II; the NSF was established by the U.S. Congress in the National Science Foundation Act of 1950. From a budget of approximately $3 billion in the mid-1990s, it provided about 20,000 awards a year to scientists, students, and teachers. It provided about one quarter of total federal support of basic scientific research at academic institutions, making it a major source for funding in basic research in the United States.

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