Demographic Information Disclaimer

Race Definitions

American Indian or Alaska Native
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment. 

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

Black or African American
A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. 

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. 

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

What is considered a disability?

  • Deaf or serious difficulty hearing
  • Blind or serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses
  • Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs
  • Other serious disability related to a physical, mental, or emotional condition

The Federal Government has a continuing commitment to monitor the operation of its review and award processes and to identify and address any inequities based on gender, race, ethnicity, or disability of its proposed PIs/PDs. The National Science Foundation is committed to broadening the participation of groups currently underrepresented in science and engineering. In order to accurately gauge progress in achieving this important goal, we ask that proposers provide the requested demographic information about themselves as part of your account profile. Submission of the requested information is voluntary and is not a precondition of selection. Nonetheless, we need your cooperation, for information not submitted will seriously undermine the statistical validity, and therefore the usefulness, of information we get from others.

Collection of this information is authorized by the NSF Act of 1950, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1861, et seq. Demographic data allows NSF to gauge whether our programs and other opportunities in science and technology are fairly reaching and benefiting everyone regardless of demographic category; to ensure that those in under-represented groups have the same knowledge of and access to programs, meetings, vacancies, and other research and educational opportunities as everyone else. The information will be held closely. It may be disclosed to government contractors, experts, volunteers and researchers to complete assigned work; and to other government agencies needing the information in order to conduct joint merit reviews with NSF; See Systems of Records, NSF-51, “Reviewer/Proposal File and Associated Records, ” 69 Federal Register 26410 (May 12, 2004). (Source