National Science Foundation (NSF) - Specific Requirements & Advice

Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 20-1)
This guide is effective for proposals submitted for deadlines on or after June 1, 2020

A draft revision of the guide (NSF 22-1) has been proposed with an anticipated effective date of October 2021


NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter
A quarterly publication designed to provide information about upcoming changes and clarifications to policies and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposals and manage NSF awards

A Guide to Proposal Writing
NSF Abstracts and Titles

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

Broader Impacts

PAPPG Description of Broader Impacts Requirements

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 Repliication 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

  • Deconstructions for proposals: Research Project, CAREER, select others
  • Templates – cover letter, collaboration letter

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