NSF Small Business Goals

Each year, the Small Business Administration works with the U.S. National Science Foundation to set the agency's prime contracting and subcontracting goals. NSF's current small-business contracting goals are listed below.

NSF Fiscal Year 2024 small business goals
CategoryPrime contracting goalPrime contracting achievementSubcontracting goalSubcontracting achievement
Small business24.00%--30.00%--
Small disadvantaged business22.00%--5.00%--
Women owned small business5.00%--5.00%--
Service-disabled veteran owned small business5.00%--5.00%--
Historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones)3.00%--3.00%--

Note: The prime contracting and subcontracting goal achievements will not be announced until FY 2025.



The annual contracting scorecard is an assessment tool to:

  1. Measure how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals.  
  2. Provide accurate and transparent contracting data.
  3. Report agency-specific progress.

NSF's annual scorecards can be found on SBA's website.