National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has been a long-time supporter of the U.S. Department of Energy's advanced vehicle technology competitions. In addition to providing financial support to EcoCAR, each year the NSF provides two $15,000 awards to faculty members who have made significant contributions to the goals of the EcoCAR program and to engineering education. This year will be the eighth year for the outstanding faculty advisor(s) award sponsored by NSF. NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of approximately $6.1 Billion in Fiscal Year 2006. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants and cooperative agreements to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 44,500 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,400 new funding awards. The NSF also awards over $425 million in professional and service contracts yearly.