National Science Foundation toolkit highlights impact of NSF investments

National Science Foundation toolkit highlights impact of NSF investments Toolkit includes new video on merit review, infographics and directorate brochures
NSF’s Data By Design infographics are a snapshot of NSF’s programs, processes, funding and impact. Credit: NSF Credit and Larger Version

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a robust toolkit that includes new videos, infographics, fact sheets and brochures that describe NSF investments in fundamental research and how they contribute to the nation’s science and engineering enterprise.

“NSF’s toolkit offers a range of information about the vital work of the Foundation in a compelling way using modern communications methods,” said NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs Director Judith Gan. “We encourage the NSF community and the general public to explore the materials we’re releasing today to learn more about how the agency helps our nation remain at the competitive forefront of discovery and innovation.”

Part of the toolkit package is an animated, NSF-produced video describing the agency’s rigorous merit review process. The agency also developed infographics called, “Data by Design: Snapshot of NSF’s Programs, Processes, Funding & Impact.” These colorful charts showcase the Foundation’s role in building tomorrow’s workforce, driving innovation, influencing national and international discoveries, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations.

In addition, NSF developed brochures that highlight each directorate’s contributions to pushing the frontiers of science, engineering and education. These contributions include the fundamental research that led to self-driving cars, the artificial retina, modeling seismic waves, accuracy of GPS devices, real-time emergency information to emergency workers and residents, unraveling cancer, rescue robots, building a diverse STEM workforce, and more.

For more than 60 years, NSF has supported fundamental researchers who devote time, inspiration and hard work to unraveling mysteries, solving problems, spurring the economy and offering insights into our world. NSF’s research directorates include biological sciences, computer and information sciences, education and human resources, engineering, geosciences, mathematical and physical sciences, and social, behavioral and economic sciences.