Atlas Research has received a $9 million contract from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the stewardship of its $28.2 billion research award portfolio with a wide range of analytical, monitoring, and review activities.
With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2016), NSF is the funding source for almost a quarter of all federally supported basic research conducted by colleges, universities, and other research institutions in the U.S. NSF funds research that drives scientific discovery, maintains U.S. competitiveness, and builds the modern workforce that is critical for addressing the complex challenges that face the nation. In addition, NSF provides support for science and engineering education, from pre-K through graduate school and beyond.
NSF’s mission is chiefly accomplished through the issuance and oversight of limited-term grant awards to fund research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system. Atlas Research will work with NSF to assess the risks associated with the research awards; develop and update NSF policies and procedures; assess the effectiveness of awardee policies, procedures, and practices; analyze post-award financial adjustment requests; and assist NSF with analyzing some of its most complex and pressing award management problems.
“Atlas is excited to have the opportunity to work with the National Science Foundation,” said Atlas CEO, Ryung Suh, MD. “By improving the efficiency and effectiveness of NSF’s research enterprise, Atlas will be helping the agency deliver on its mission of promoting vital scientific research nationwide.”