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U.S. Federal Sponsors

The GLOBE program is made possible through the support of various U.S. governmental agencies. GLOBE's federal sponsors include:

  • The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • The U.S. Department of State (DoS)

As the lead agency for GLOBE in the United States, NASA is responsible for managing The GLOBE Program. 

The sponsors below have supported GLOBE since the program's beginning, and their ongoing active participation and contributions are essential to The GLOBE Program's continued success. 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) mission is to “explore the unknown in air and space, innovate for the benefit of humanity and inspire the world through discovery.” The realization of NASA’s mission is achieved through a portfolio of activities, including investments to better understand Earth as an integrated system and engage with learners from a diverse background in order to build the next Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

The GLOBE Program is an important element of the Earth Science Division (ESD) of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). In addition to being the primary sponsor of GLOBE, NASA encourages the collection of environmental observations by GLOBE participants to better understand the Earth system and gain first-hand understanding about the relevance of ground-based observations that complement remotely sensed observations.

Learn more about NASA.

Program Manager: Amy P. Chen, NASA Science Mission Directorate

The National Science Foundation
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering in all 50 states and U.S. territories. NSF fulfills its mission chiefly by making grants. These investments account for about 25% of federal support to U.S. colleges and universities for basic research: research driven by curiosity and discovery. NSF also supports solutions-oriented research with the potential to produce advancements for the American people. NSF also invests in education and training programs (such as The GLOBE Program) that attract individuals from diverse backgrounds and from every sector. These investments — spanning pre-K through graduate school and beyond — ensure a pipeline of people and ideas ready to solve pressing global challenges in science and engineering.

Learn more about the NSF.

Sponsor Liaison: Brandon Jones, Directorate for Geosciences

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a mission of science, service, and stewardship. The agency works to: 1) understand and predict changes in climate, weather, ocean and coasts; 2) share that knowledge and information with others; and 3) conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. NOAA Education keeps people informed and engaged in Earth’s dynamic environment, from space weather to fish migration patterns. It provides education resources, educator and student opportunities, and competitive funding for education projects that can include GLOBE activities.

Learn more about NOAA.

Sponsor Liaison: John McLaughlin, NOAA Education

U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State is responsible for managing the diplomatic relationships between the United States and governments around the world. The mission of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, which sponsors The GLOBE Program, is to provide American leadership, diplomacy and scientific cooperation to conserve and protect the global environment, ocean, health and space for the prosperity, peace and security of this and future generations.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of State.

Sponsor Liaison: Kia Henry, U.S. Department of State Public Diplomacy