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National Science Foundation

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Congress established the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; to secure the national defense; and for other purposes.” With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (fiscal year 2016), NSF funds discovery, learning, innovation and research infrastructure to boost U.S. leadership in all aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and education.

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Community College Innovation Challenge

National Science Foundation

Community College teams proposing innovative, STEM-based solutions for real-world problems

Closed OnFeb 15, 2017

Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes

National Science Foundation

High school students design nanotechnology-enabled gear for an original superhero

Closed OnJan 31, 2017

The Vizzies: Visualization Challenge

National Science Foundation

The most illustrative and impactful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering

Closed OnSep 15, 2016

Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes

National Science Foundation

High school students design nanotechnology-enabled gear for an original superhero

Closed OnFeb 02, 2016

Community College Innovation Challenge

National Science Foundation

Seeking STEM-based Solutions for Food, Energy and Water Systems Issues

Closed OnFeb 15, 2016

Vizzies: Visualization Challenge

National Science Foundation

The most illustrative and impactful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering

Closed OnSep 15, 2015

EnvisioNano

National Science Foundation

Submit your images! Help us demonstrate how beautiful the nanoscale can be and explain how the research behind your picture may lead to nanotechnologies that benefit society.

Closed OnMar 31, 2015

Beyond the Box Digitization Competition

National Science Foundation

The Beyond the Box Digitization Competition will award $1 million to the person or team who creates a technology that increases the speed and accuracy of digitization of a drawer of insect specimens and their associated data. The competition is a joint project of the U.S. National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Closed OnSep 04, 2015

Community College Innovation Challenge

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Seeking STEM-based solutions for issues of local to global concern

Closed OnJan 15, 2015

Visualization Challenge — The Vizzies

National Science Foundation

The most beautiful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering!

Closed OnSep 30, 2014

Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

National Science Foundation

Calling science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate students. Make your voice heard on STEM graduate education!

Closed OnApr 16, 2013

BREAD Ideas Challenge

National Science Foundation

Do you know a novel challenge that stands in the way of smallholder farmers? Win $10,000 and take the first steps to overcoming it!

Closed OnApr 30, 2013

GRFP “Creating the Future” Video Contest

National Science Foundation

For 60 years, NSF-supported Graduate Research Fellows have made outstanding contributions to our nation. To celebrate this, NSF is sponsoring the 2012 GRFP "Creating the Future" Video Contest.

Closed OnSep 14, 2012

Mozilla Ignite

National Science Foundation

Brainstorm ideas for apps for the faster, smarter internet of the future.

Closed OnAug 23, 2012

International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge

National Science Foundation

Submit your photo, video, illustration, poster, or game that shows the incredible beauty of science and engineering. Winners will be featured on the cover and in a story in the journal Science.

Closed OnSep 28, 2012

Whats your energy innovation? – a video challenge for undergraduate college students

National Science Foundation

Winning videos may be seen by energy and climate experts at a live town hall event and shown on the Weather Channel!

Closed OnApr 05, 2011

HBCU and TCU Making & Innovation Challenge

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Facilitating Relationships. Empowering Students. Amplifying HBCU/TCU Talent.

Closed OnJun 06, 2016

Materials Science and Engineering Data Challenge

National Science Foundation

We are seeking novel uses of accessible digital data to advance Materials Science and Engineering knowledge to accelerate the transition to industrial applications

Closed OnMar 31, 2016