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 2023 small business goals
Category Prime contracting goal Prime contracting achievement Subcontracting goal Subcontracting achievement
Small business 23.68% -- 25.00% --
Small disadvantaged business 12.60% -- 5.00% --
Women owned small business 5.00% -- 5.00% --
Service-disabled veteran owned small business 3.00% -- 3.00% --
Historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones) 3.00% -- 3.00% --

Note: The prime contracting and subcontracting goal achievements will not be announced until late FY 2024.



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.