The National Science Foundation requires a world-class staff that has the knowledge and tools necessary to sustain the level of excellence required to perform the Agency's mission. The NSF Academy has been established to serve as the central locus of learning for NSF. The following are some of the programs and resources available:
- e-Learning: thousands of courses in administration, management and leadership development, project management, financial management and other related subjects, including in Information Technology (IT)
- Onsite classroom courses: instructor led, skills-based courses on a wide variety of job-relevant topics
- Off-site seminars and retreats: facilitated training sessions on mission-critical topics
- Independent Research/Development: a program that enables NSF staff to engage in research and other developmental activities
- ACE: NSF's upward mobility program designed to focus attention on the various options employees and supervisors can use for career development and advancement
- After Hours: A program providing tuition assistance to competitively selected NSF employees at grade GS-9 or below for the purpose of developing additional skills and advancing their careers. Selected participants attend government and/or non-government training during non-duty hours.