Created in 1950, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for advancing science and engineering (S&E) in the United States across a broad and expanding frontier. NSF plays a critical role in supporting fundamental research, education and infrastructure at colleges, universities, and other institutions throughout the country. NSF is also the principal federal agency charged with promoting science and engineering education at all levels and in all settings, from pre-kindergarten through career development. This helps ensure that the United States has world-class scientists, mathematicians and engineers, and well-prepared citizens.
NSF is the hub of an extended S&E network. For example, NSF brings different segments of the S&E community together through panel review, workshops, advisory committees, and many other interactions. These collaborations provide benchmarks, leadership, and new frontiers for research and education. NSF also fosters strategic collaborations with key national and international counterparts that address national and global science and engineering priorities . It is in that context that NSF provides funding through AGEP. one of the agency’s important mechanisms for creating synergy, leveraging resources, and building infrastructure at American universities to develop the next generation S&E workforce and to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in S&E.