NSF support for Nobel laureates


Congratulations to all the Nobel laureates on this amazing honor! We at the NSF are also honored to have supported three of this year’s winners earlier in their careers. Once again, NSF’s commitment to fundamental research, and our support of young scientists and engineers, has led to pioneering discoveries that expand human knowledge, enhances our economy and makes our lives safer and healthier. 

 NSF has had many markers of success in its 63-year history. But perhaps none as well-known NSF support for winners of the Nobel Prize. This year’s Nobel laureates include three scientists who received NSF support earlier in their careers: Paul Modrich, Aziz Sancar and Angus Deaton. 

Paul Modrich, of Duke University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the University of North Carolina’s Aziz Sancar were honored (along with Tomas Lindal) with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research about how cells function and protect genetic information. 

Princeton University’s Angus Deaton was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his work analyzing individual consumption choices, which influences economic policy that promotes welfare and reduces poverty.

More information on NSF support for these winners can be found in our special report Nobel Prizes – The NSF Connection.