About FAS

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) provides science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security. Specifically, FAS works to reduce the spread and number of nuclear weapons, prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism, promote high standards for nuclear energy’s safety and security, illuminate government secrecy practices, as well as prevent the use of biological and chemical weapons.

Founded in November 1945, as the Federation of Atomic Scientists, by scientists who built the first atomic bombs during the Manhattan Project, FAS is devoted to the belief that scientists, engineers, and other technically trained people have the ethical obligation to ensure that the technological fruits of their intellect and labor are applied to the benefit of humankind. In early 1946, FAS rebranded as the Federation of American Scientists to broaden its network of supporters to include all caring citizens like you who want to reduce the risks to humanity from global catastrophes.



FAS Awards

Since 1971, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has recognized an outstanding statesman or public interest advocate who has made a distinctive contribution to public policy at the intersection of science and national security. Past recipients include Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Richard Garwin, Carl Sagan, and Phillip Morrison.

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Financials and Funding

FAS benefits tremendously from the support it receives from members and supporters, private foundations, and the private sector. These contributions enable FAS to undertake a vast array of programs and activities. FAS gratefully acknowledges the support of the following individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies whose contributions enable FAS to address critical issues and concerns.

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Because of generous supporters like you, FAS returned to its roots in 2013 with a new network model that brings together experts from science, engineering, political science, law, and policy, including many younger to mid-career experts. Through task forces, these experts have been shining spotlights on how to make government more accountable and reduce global catastrophic risks.  FAS has also strengthened its highly regarded and effective Government Secrecy Project and Nuclear Information Project.

Supporters at any donation level are welcome. FAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so any donations are considered tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law because there will be no exchange of goods or services. You will receive notices by email of FAS activities and events. You will always have the option to unsubscribe to those emails.

FAS hosts a wide range of events, including briefings and symposiums, with government officials, policy experts, scientists, and engineers on issues related to international and national security.

FAS convenes awards ceremonies to recognize and commend contributions by outstanding scientists and political leaders to science and international security. The awards include the FAS Public Service Award, the Hans Bethe Award, and the Richard L. Garwin Award.

FAS staff and adjunct fellows comprise a highly skilled and dedicated team with professional experience in aeronautical engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, law, nuclear engineering, physics, and political science. Members of the Board of Sponsors, including over 60 Nobel laureates, are influential figures from the scientific and international communities who endorse FAS’s mission. Advisory Board members work with FAS staff on projects of mutual interest, share professional expertise, and provide other methods of support to enhance the organization’s mission and programs.