Jackson State University hosted the National Science Foundation (NSF) Day workshop, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Mississippi e-Center. The workshop, part of JSU president Carolyn W. Meyers’ and the university’s strategic research plan to match faculty members with potential funding programs that span several disciplines, was conducted by eight program directors from the NSF offices in Arlington, Virginia, and attended by over 200 participants, including about 70 JSU faculty members and faculty members from other Mississippi and regional universities. It was designed to provide an overview of the NSF to attendees, while informing them about the Foundation’s proposal and merit review process as well as its programs.
The workshop topics included: Cross-Disciplinary and Special Interest Programs, International Programs, Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Geosciences and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense. With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion, the NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.