NSF: 75 years of discovery and innovation

Celebrating 75 Years of Discovery and Innovation

On May 10, 2025, the U.S. National Science Foundation celebrates its 75th birthday.

Since 1950, NSF has invested in ideas and innovations across all fields of science and engineering.

We invite you to join a year of events and activities across the U.S. that showcase NSF-powered research and how it has powered the economy and touched everyone's lives. 

Visit this page regularly for updates and invitations to join the celebration online and in your community.

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75th anniversary events

NSF is planning a series of in-person and virtual events across the U.S. throughout 2025. Highlights will include:


Join NSF and museums and science centers around the country for a day of outreach and learning on NSF's birthday.

Research open houses

Research facilities and centers across the U.S. will be hosting in-person and virtual open houses where you can learn about the exciting research happening in your community.

Video game design competition

Calling all video game designers: Starting in the fall of 2024, students can submit games they designed and coded to NSF's video game competition.

Science and engineering symposium

NSF will host a one-to-two-day symposium to highlight NSF's contributions to science and engineering, featuring speakers and interactive discussions.

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Next time you talk on a cell phone, hear a weather report, search the web, or get an MRI, remember NSF helped make that all possible, and more.