We advance research and discovery in biology — from molecules to the global biosphere, from cells to human communities, across time and space.
Whether it’s studying how wildlife diversity affects human health or how memory is encoded in the brain, NSF research helps the world understand the rules that govern life and sustain the complex web of living things.
What we support
Deciphering the molecular underpinnings of life
We support research that uncovers the fundamental and emergent properties of living systems, from atoms and molecules to cells.
Investing in research infrastructure
We support the development and enhancement of biological research infrastructure, including human capital, technologies, and institutes and centers.
Expanding the frontiers of 21st century biology
We support multi- and interdisciplinary research and networking activities that arise from advances in disciplinary research.