National Science Foundation (NSF) - Specific Requirements & Advice

Find resources, tips, and hints re: using here, including a presentation from the Fall Virtual Grants Conference that covers how to quickly and easily create a 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


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...