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THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering.


Massachusetts in FY 2012

$457 Million: NSF funds awarded3rd: National ranking in NSF funds127: NSF-funded institutions

1413: NSF grants awarded24: NSF research centers/facilities

“Innovation will continue despite the downturn and will be as important as ever once the recession ends.”

− Dr. Richard K. Lester, Director of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center


Boston University is developing a physics-based space weather model to give advanced warnings of high speed streams of solar plasma and Earth-directed coronal mass ejections which threaten to disrupt space- and ground-based communications systems and satellite operations.

MIT researchers have developed a way to use viruses to create the positive and negative charged ends of lithium ion batteries. These are the same batteries being considered for hybrid cars, but can be produced at a lower cost with less of an environmental impact.

Researchers at Harvard University have been studying the role that emotions may have played on decision making in the wake of the economic downturn. This work may explain why classical economic theory failed to predict the recent economic crisis.



Massachusetts ranks fourth in the nation for federal R&D obligations.1

6.5 percent of Massachusetts residents work in science and engineering occupations.1

NSF-funded research contributed to the generation of 4,850 patent awards in the state between 2000 and 2009.2

Massachusetts companies received $2.4 billion in venture capital in 2010.1

  • MIT, Harvard University, Boston University, and University of Massachusetts-Worcester rank in the top 90 academic institutions nationally in research and development expenditures.1
  • Massachusetts has about 17,400 high technology businesses that employ 465,000 people.
  • Massachusetts universities awarded 1,800 PhDs in science and engineering fields in 2010.1

1Science and Engineering Indicators: 2012, NSF

2 R&D Dashboard

Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)  1527 Eighteenth Street, NW  Washington, DC 20036 



Since 1952, NSF has supported 45,000 graduate students through research fellowships.

Massachusetts received $73 million in NSF educational funding in FY 2012.

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) not only funds cutting-edge research at institutions across the country; NSF’s education initiatives ensure the U.S. will remain a global leader in innovation for generations to come.


Faculty from Mt. Holyoke College and Hampshire College have mentored undergraduate students conducting Arctic climate change research at a site in Svalbard, Norway.

Springfield Technical Community College developed an "at ease" learning community for disabled veterans highlighting that non-degree certification programs are a viable avenue for entry into STEM degree programs.

The Education Development Center in Waltham, Massachusetts created a new resource for middle school teachers who want to learn about research-based ways to improve how students learn and apply geometry.

A Harvard University researcher is developing new measures and insights to describe the educational achievement gap of minority groups. This research has led to innovative methods of evaluating and improving the educational performance of disadvantaged groups.


“Massachusetts is #1 in educational attainment, and engineering degrees granted

per capita compared with other leading technology states.”

− Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick

“Education is at the core of investing in our future and building a strong middle class.”

− Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)  1527 Eighteenth Street, NW  Washington, DC 20036 