NCAR and its Mission

NCAR is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) devoted to research, service, and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. We conduct scientific research, operate observational and computational facilities for the science community, develop and transfer technology and information products to interested users, and provide opportunities for educational and professional development to post-secondary students and early career scientists. Our primary sponsor is the National Science Foundation (NSF), with important additional support provided by other U.S. government agencies. As an FFRDC, NCAR has a strategic partnership with NSF, and we fully embrace NSF's mission and overarching goals: helping the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in science and technology, promoting the transfer of new knowledge to society, and contributing to excellence in science and technology education.