NSF & Congress


The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs' Congressional Team is the principal point of contact between Congress and NSF. We coordinate requests for information, coordinate NSF officials' appearances at Congressional hearings, ensure timely responses to congressionally mandated reports and correspondence, arrange meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, and arrange site visits to NSF-supported facilities.

Portrait of Dr. Panch

Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan

Photo credit: National Science Foundation/Photo by Stephen Voss
person at podium presenting for NSF
conference room filled with reporters
Photo credit: Rob Moller, NSF
zoom call with congressional staff

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Hearing: America’s Seed Fund: A Review of SBIR and STTR
Committee: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; Subcommittee on Research and Technology
WitnessesDr. Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director, Directorate of Engineering; National Science Foundation; Dr. Maryann Feldman, S.K. Heninger Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Department of Public Policy; Adjunct Professor of Finance, Kenan-Flagler Business School; Faculty Director, CREATE, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Mr. Nicholas Cucinelli, Chief Executive Officer, Endectra LLC; Dr. Johnny Park, Chief Executive Officer, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network


Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building
Hearing: Industries of the Future
Committee: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Witnesses: The Honorable Walter Copan, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce; Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology; The Honorable France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation; The Honorable Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Office of Science and Technology Policy; The Honorable Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission; The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission


Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Hearing: Securing the U.S. Research Enterprise from China’s Talent Recruitment Plans
Committee: Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
Witnesses: John Brown, Assistant Director, Counterintelligence Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice; Rebecca L. Keiser, Ph.D., Office Head, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation; Michael S. Lauer, M.D., Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; The Honorable Christopher Fall, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy; Edward J. Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State


Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Hearing: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work
Committee: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; Subcommittee on Research and Technology
WitnessesDr. Arthur Lupia, Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation; Dr. Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science and Director, The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ms. Rebekah Kowalski, Vice President, Manufacturing Services, ManpowerGroup; Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College


Date: September 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: H-309 Capitol
Hearing: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement
Committee: House Committee on Appropriations; Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, Justice, and Related Agencies
Witnesses: Michael Kincaid, Associate Administrator for STEM Engagement, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Dr. Karen Marrongelle, Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation for Education and Human Resources


Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Hearing: Event Horizon Telescope: The Black Hole Seen Round The World
Committee: House Committee on Science, Space and Technology; Subcommittee on Research and Technology
Witnesses: Dr. France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation; Dr. Sheperd Doeleman, Director, Event Horizon Telescope; Center for Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian; Dr. Colin Lonsdale, Director, MIT Haystack Observatory; Dr. Katherine Bouman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian
Webcast: https://science.house.gov/hearings/event-horizon-telescope-the-black-hole-seen-round-the-world


Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Hearing: A Review of the National Science Foundation FY 2020 Budget Request
Committee: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; Subcommittee on Research and Technology
Witnesses: Dr. France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation; Dr. Diane Souvaine, Chair, National Science Board
Webcast: https://science.house.gov/hearings/a-review-of-the-national-science-foundation-fy-2020-budget-request


Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: H-309 Capitol
Hearing: National Science Foundation’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020
Committee: House Committee on Appropriations; Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Witness: Dr. France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation
Webcast: https://appropriations.house.gov/legislation/hearings/national-science-foundation-s-budget-request-for-fiscal-year-2020

NSF State Fact Sheets
These brief summaries include the total amount of awards to institutions within a state, some of the state's institutions receiving the awards, and examples of projects currently funded in the state.

FY 2021 Budget Request to Congress

On December 27, the President signed into law the FY2021 Omnibus and COVID Relief and Response Act that funds the federal government for the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2021, which ends on September 30, 2021. The House passed the measure by a vote of 327 to 85 on December 21, and the Senate approved it the same day by a 92-to-6 vote.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, (Public Law 116-260) provides $8.5 billion for NSF, an increase of $208.43 million, or 2.5 percent, above the FY 2020 appropriation. It provides $6.9 billion for the Research and Related Activities (RRA) account; $968 million for the Education and Human Resources (EHR) account; $241 million for the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account; $346 million for the Agency Operations and Award Management (AOAM) account; $5 million for the National Science Board (NSB) account; and $18 million for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) account.

NSF Budget Requests to Congress and Annual Appropriations

Email: Congressionalteam@nsf.gov

Phone: 703-292-8070