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NSF Field of Study Code

The NSF FOS Code contains three digits and is assigned only to expense accounts whose HEFC is for organized research.

The code identifies the subject of study (e.g., 013 represents Civil Engineering and 042 represents Computer Sciences). The codes are defined by the National Science Foundation and are reported annually.

List of NSF Codes:

  • Engineering
  • 011 Engineering: Aeronautical and Astronautical
    012 Engineering: Chemical
    013 Engineering: Civil
    014 Engineering: Electrical
    015 Engineering: Mechanical
    016 Engineering: Other
    017 Engineering: Metals & Materials
    018 Engineering: Bioeng/Biomed Engin
  • Physical Sciences
  • 021 Physical Sciences: Astronomy
    022 Physical Sciences: Chemistry
    023 Physical Sciences: Physics
    024 Physical Sciences: Other
  • Environmental Sciences
  • 031 Environmental Sciences: Atmospheric
    032 Environmental Sciences: Earth Sciences
    033 Environmental Sciences: Oceanography
    034 Environmental Sciences: Other
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • 041 Mathematical Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • 042 Computer Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • 051 Life Sciences: Agricultural
    052 Life Sciences: Biological
    053 Life Sciences: Medical
    054 Life Sciences: Other
  • Psychology
  • 060 Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • 071 Social Sciences: Economics
    072 Social Sciences: Political Science
    073 Social Sciences: Sociology
    074 Social Sciences: Other
  • Other Sciences
  • 080 Other Sciences
  • Other
  • 510 Education
    520 Law
    530 Humanities
    540 Visual & Performing Arts
    550 Business and Management
    560 Communications, Journalism and Library Science
    570 Social Work
    580 Other Non-Science & Engineering Fields
    999 Non-NSF Discipline Category, e.g. "Reversal of Capitalized Expenditures for Research Equipment"


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