National Science Foundation

investment firm


America’s Seed Fund at the National Science Foundation awards nearly $200 million annually to startups and small businesses.


Advanced Materials,Biotechnology,Chemical Engineering,EdTech,Environmental Engineering,Government,Information Technology,Internet of Things,Manufacturing,Medical Device,Nanotechnology,Robotics,Semiconductor,Wireless
Founded date
May 10, 1950
Operating Status
Also Known As
NSF,National Science Board (NSB)
Investor Type
Entrepreneur Program,Government Office

America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards nearly $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7.8 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

Funds Raised

Announced Date Fund Name Money Raised
Jun 22, 2016 National Science Foundation Fund I: STEM $1.50M


Number of Investments
Number of Lead Investments
National Science Foundation has made 4262 investments. Their most recent investment was on Feb 14, 2023, when BLOCKsyncop raised $275K.
Date Company Name
Round Money Raised Industry Lead Investor
Feb 14, 2023 BLOCKsyncop
Grant $275K Health Care Yes
Grant $1M Manufacturing Yes
Grant $1M Aerospace Yes
Grant Art Yes
Grant $2.10M Yes

Employee Profiles

Number of Employee Profiles
National Science Foundation has 73 current employee profiles, including Employee Carine Dieude


National Science Foundation has had 187 exits. National Science Foundation most notable exits include Isolere Bio ,   Azavea

Date Company Name Exit Type Industry
Feb 21, 2023 Isolere Bio M&A Biotechnology Detail
Feb 15, 2023 Azavea M&A Analytics Detail
Feb 14, 2023 Novonate M&A Health Care Detail
Feb 9, 2023 Caption Health M&A Artificial Intelligence Detail
Feb 2, 2023 Fluence Analytics M&A Chemical Detail