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Contact NSF

Before you write us, you might want to glance through our How Do I ... to see if it answers your question. Contact information for specific NSF organizations can be found on the organization list and in the staff directory for individual staff members.

Mail: National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22230
Phone: (703) 292-5111
FIRS: (800) 877-8339
TDD: (703) 292-5090 or (800) 281-8749


General inquiries about the mission and programs of NSF:
Inquiries about the NSF website, including accessibility issues:
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Information on how to seek a correction under section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 is available on the Information Quality Guidelines page.

Small businesses with inquiries relating to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act should contact Suzanne Plimpton at or (703) 292-7556.

Information on making a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request is available on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act page.

Waste, fraud and abuse can be reported through the Inspector General Hotline.


NSF Reception and Information Center

The NSF Reception and Information Center provides a "first stop" for inquiries about the National Science Foundation's programs, offices, staff, and publications. It serves both NSF staff and visitors.

The Reception and Information Center fields a variety of inquiries by telephone and by e-mail regarding NSF program information, vacancy information, staff, meeting schedules, and information regarding location of operational and program guidelines. In many cases, the Center is able to respond directly with the answer. When they do not have the answer themselves, the Center serves as a referral service to the relevant NSF Office or other information resource.

Copies of many NSF publications are available to visitors in an area adjacent to the Reception Desk.

The Center is located at the main entrance, one block south of the Ballston-Marymount University Metro Station on the orange line (N. Stuart Street between Fairfax Drive and Wilson Blvd.), on the first floor. Their phone number is (703) 292-5111; they can also be reached by email at TDD users may call (703) 292-5090 or (800) 281-8749.


NSF typically does not assist individuals (k-12 students, parents, teachers, caregivers, undergraduates, etc.) who seek information related to recreational interests or homework or other school assignments. If you need homework or other research-related help, please ask a local reference librarian or your organization's or school's media expert, or visit the Library of Congress’s Ask a Librarian page at:

Some interesting links about science and information especially for students can be found in our Classroom Resources section. Students looking for information about science and engineering statistics will find important reference information on the website of NSF's Science Resources Statistics Division.



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