The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) is a principal statistical agency located within the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is authorized under Section 505 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

NCSES's mandate is the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective data on the science and engineering enterprise.

Our Mission

NCSES is responsible for statistical data on the following broad areas of interest:

  • Research and development
  • The science and engineering workforce
  • U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D
  • The condition and progress of STEM education in the United States

NCSES is committed to providing information that is objective and transparent, adhering to all directives and standards set forth by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

As one of the 13 principal federal statistical agencies, NCSES also follows guiding principles and practices that ensure it provides accurate, timely, relevant, and objective information for public and policy use.

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Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency highlights the principles and practices that guide NCSES in its efforts to provide accurate, timely, relevant, and objective information for public and policy use.

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Our Core Activities

As one of 13 principal federal statistical agencies, NCSES designs, supports, and directs periodic national surveys and performs a variety of other data collections and research. The following activities form the core of NCSES work:

  • The collection, acquisition, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of statistical data related to the United States and other nations
  • Support of research that uses NCSES data
  • Methodological research in areas related to its work
  • Education and training of researchers in the use of large-scale nationally representative data sets

Our Products

As part of its mandate to provide information that can be used by practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and the public, NCSES prepares several reports a year, including Science and Engineering Indicators for the National Science Board, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, and National Patterns of R&D Resources.

NCSES also makes data available to the public through data tools and other data resources.

How We Support Research

NCSES supports research to improve insights and discoveries in support of its mission, the federal statistical system, and research communities.
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NCSES promotes research on the collection, analysis, and reporting of data. Explore our work and opportunities.

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Grants and BAAs

Learn about the various research funding mechanisms NCSES offers and their associated deadlines.

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NCSES Restricted-Use Data Licensing

Apply to gain access to NCSES's restricted-use microdata.

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