National science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) was established in 1950 by the federal government. The NSF’s purpose is to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure national defense”. The NSF operates¬† with an annual budget of approximately 7 billion dollars. A fourth of this budget is geared towards funding federally sponsored research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines across the nation where¬†rudimentary research is conducted by colleges and universities. Vassar Applied Optics Laboratory is currently funded by an NFS grant.