National Science Foundation
Service Provider DescriptionThe National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the
U.S. Government, established by the National Science Foundation Act of
1950, as amended, and related legislation, 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq., and
was given additional authority by the Science and Engineering Equal
Opportunities Act (42 U.S.C. 1885), and Title I of the Education for
Economic Security Act (20 U.S.C. 3911 to 3922).
The Foundation consists of the National Science Board of 24 part-time
members and a Director (who also serves as ex officio National Science
Board member), each appointed by the President with the advice and
consent of the U.S. Senate. Other senior officials include a Deputy
Director who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent
of the U.S. Senate, and eight Assistant Directors.
[Summary provided by NSF.]