National Science Foundation (NSF) - Specific Requirements & Advice
On August 23, 2022 NSF issued an update re: requirements to use Research.gov and the phase-out of Fastlane by January 2023. Find the complete timeline for Fastlane decomissioning here.
Find resources, tips, and hints re: using Research.gov here, including a presentation from the Fall Virtual Grants Conference that covers how to quickly and easily create a Research.gov proposal, upload proposal documents, manage senior personnel, and more.
Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 23-1) is effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023.
SciENcv currently is one of the two options for preparing NSF biosketch and Current & Pending (Other) Support documents.
For proposals submitted after October 20, 2023, 5:00 PM, SciENcv will be the only option for preparing these NSF 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
PAPPG Description of Broader Impacts Requirements
Broadening Participation in Computing -- BPCnet
NSF Examples of Broader Impacts:
- Broader Impacts - Improving Society
- Transforming the World Through Science, 2nd edition (NSF 18-800)
- Transforming the World Through Science (NSF 17-800)
- Perspectives on Broader Impacts (NSF 15-008)
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
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
Developing Broader Impacts and Outreach Activities