The National Science Foundation (NSF) was established in 1950 with the mission “To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense; and for other purposes.” The NSF does this, in part, by awarding grants to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, science organizations and other research organizations throughout the U.S. The NSF receives and reviews about 40,000 proposals for research and education projects each year, funding approximately 11,000 at nearly $130 billion in total annually.
Twice a year, NSF representatives and college and university faculty, researchers, and grant administrators attend NSF’s two-day grants conferences, where they participate in informative presentations and discussions about funding, the proposal process, new programs and initiatives, and more. On June 4-5, NSF held its 2018 Spring Grants Conference in Detroit, and NCC had the privilege to be there to provide comprehensive live event and logistical support for the entirety of the event.
NCC’s associates were on hand to assist and coordinate in several logistical areas. These included sign-in and registration for roughly 400 attendees; navigation assistance throughout conference venue; answering miscellaneous questions about the local area and event; and performing setup and breakdown of tables, signs, and items.
While conference participants attended informative presentations and met with NSF staff to learn about new NSF-funded research programs and initiatives crucial to shaping scientific research and development, our team was focused on enabling communication and collaboration.
Our relationship with NSF goes back nearly a decade, and we have been pleased to support past NSF Grant Conferences including the 2016 Fall conference in Pittsburgh and the 2017 Spring conference in Louisville, in addition to live event support for the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Orientation, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), and several other events.
We were honored to support NSF’s Spring Grants Conference, and we look forward to partnering with NSF in the achievement of their mission.