Papers funded by NSF grants usually contain a phrase like "This research was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants ENG-XXXXXX".

I wonder if it is possible to find some information about these grants with the grant numbers. I am interested in who applied for the grant, original proposal etc.

I tried to search on the NSF website with the specific grant number, but did not get any results.


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  • Thanks, as far as I understood, this site contains data from 2007 onwards. Is there any database for awards from the 80ties? – arved Feb 26 '20 at 19:58
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    @arved - I suspect nobody has thought it worthwhile or cost effective to go back and add that information. The 80's were a long time ago, particularly with respect to putting things on the internet... – Jon Custer Feb 26 '20 at 21:14
  • @arved Many older grants are in the NSF award search. – Anonymous Physicist Feb 28 '20 at 3:30

Often, you can find the relevant pages from the NSF by simply googling the grant number. That never failed for me, at least.

Is there any database for awards from the 80ties?

This is more difficult; you probably won't be able to find things on the web. Maybe you can check with your university's library to see if they have any (physical paper copy) books of historical NSF grants. I am often surprised by what physical books, journals, etc. they have on hand in storage somewhere at my university.

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