National Science Foundation (NSF) - Specific Requirements & Advice

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 24-1) has been issued. You are encouraged to review the by-chapter Summary of Changes provided in PAPPG NSF-24.

PAPPG NSF-24-1 will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after May 20, 2024
PAPPG NSF 23-1 remains in effective for proposals submitted or due before then


 Highlights related to proposal preparation in PAPPG NSF 24-1:

  • Chapter II.C.2, Proposal Font, Spacing, and Margin Requirements, has been modified to allow for submission of proposal documents in landscape format.
  • Chapter II.D.2.h(i), Biographical Sketch(es), the updated guidance serves as NSF’s implementation of the biographical sketch common form developed by the National Science and Technology Council’s Research Security Subcommittee.

This section has been revised to remove the 3-page limitation for the biographical sketch. There is no page limitation for this section of the proposal.

The Synergistic Activities section has been removed from the biographical sketch. This information must now be submitted by individuals designated as senior/key persons as part of the senior/key personnel documents in

  • Chapter II.D.2.h(ii), Current and Pending (Other) Support, the updated guidance serves as NSF’s implementation of the biographical sketch common form developed by the National Science and Technology Council's Research Security Subcommittee.
  • Chapter II.D.2.i(i), Mentoring Plan, has been expanded to address the revision to Section 7008(a) of the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (42 U.S.C. § 1862o(a)) requiring a mentoring plan for postdoctoral researchers or graduate students supported on the project. This page limitation for the Mentoring Plan remains one page.
  • Chapter VII.B.7, Individual Development Plans for Postdoctoral Scholars or Graduate Students, implements Section 10313 (42 U.S.C. § 18993) of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 requirement for postdoctoral scholars or graduate students who receive substantial NSF support must have an Individual Development Plan which is required to be updated annually.


SciENcv is now the only option for preparing NSF biosketch and Current & Pending (Other) Support documents.
  Using SciENcv Frquently Asked Questions (FAQs)



NSF Program Suitabilty & Prospect Concept Tool (ProSPCT) 
--  Overview and Demo (9/27/22)


NSF 101 is an informational series for the science and engineering research community.

NSF 101 answers commonly asked questions for applicants who might be new to applying for NSF funding opportunities and want to know more about how to communicate with NSF. NSF101 collaborates with program staff across the agency to provide clear, basic instructions to improve accessibility and demystify the NSF experience.


A Guide to Proposal Writing
NSF Abstracts and Titles

The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals (19-minute video)

Proposal Review Panel Calendar


Broader Impacts

PAPPG Description of Broader Impacts Requirements

Broadening Participation in Computing -- BPCnet

NSF Examples of Broader Impacts:


Data Management

Data Management Plan Requirements by Directorate, Office, Division Program or other NSF Unit



2010 Handbook for Project Evaluation

Evaluation Tools --- NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate


STEM Education

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) Program Brochure (NSF 20-023)

Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development and FAQs
A report from the Institute of Educational Sciences/US ED and the National Science Foundation

  • Guidance on building the evidence base in STEM learning
  • Provides guidelines for six types of education “research” projects
  • Overview of the nature, justification, evidence generation and so on for each project type

Companion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research (November, 2018)
A Supplement to the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development


UNH-developed NSF Proposal Development Tools and Resources

RD Digital Library:  NSF -- National Science Foundation

  • Templates – cover letter, collaboration letter
  • Tips & Hints for creating the most effective proposal components

and more...