NSF’s award search includes complete data for awards made after 1976 and incomplete data for awards made before 1976.Search Guidelines
Free Text (labeled “Search Award For”)
- Searches the title, abstract, and award number fields, unless restricted by the “Restrict to Title Only” checkbox. The search looks for awards with all of the entered terms.
Principal Investigator Name
- Searches by the first or last name of the Principal Investigator. Example: Searching for “Pat” would match Patrick, Patricia, and Pat. This also applies to COPI if Include CO-PI Checkbox is checked. You can browse or search for Principal Investigators by entering the PI’s First Name, Last Name, Email, City, State, Zip, Country, or Department Name into the lookup search form.
- Searches by the Principal Investigator Organization/Institution. Enter part of the name to get the most possible matches. You can browse or search for organization names by Name, State, Zip, Country, or Congressional District Code.
- This search uses wildcards around the search term. Example: “bio” would also find “Frontiers in Bio Res (FIBR)” and “Postdoc Rsch Fllwshp Micro Bio”. You can look up the names of NSF programs by entering a Program Reference Code, Program Element Code, or Program Name.
- Element Codes are the four digit numbers which NSF uses to identify the funding source for the program. The search looks for awards with all of the entered codes. You can browse or search for element codes by the program element name.
- Program Reference Codes are another type of NSF funding code, often used for cross-directorate or NSF-wide programs. The search looks for awards with all of the entered codes. You can browse or search for reference codes by the program reference name.
State or ZIP Code
- This also includes US territories.
Awarded, Start, and Expiration Dates
- Restricts searches to a date range.