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News and Funding Opportunities

10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments - These are meant to define a set of cutting-edge research agendas and processes that are uniquely suited for NSF’s broad portfolio of investments, and will require collaborations with industry, private foundations, other agencies, science academies and societies, and universities.

Investing in Science, Engineering, and Education for the Nation's Future - National Science Foundation Strategic Plan for 2014-2018.

Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research - NSF has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds.  (01/17/2017)

NSF Announces FastLane Changes (effective 1/30/2017) to support PAPPG 17-1 and run new/enhanced automated compliance checks on proposals.

NSF PAPPG 17-1 applies to all NSF proposal submissions as of 1/30/2017. Please view Significant Changes and Clarifications.

NSF Announces Nine-Point R&D Agenda; Strategic Plans for Big Data, Advanced Computing Infrastructure (5/26/2016)

NSF Special Reports

NSF Social Media Resources 

NSF Grants Conferences - past and upcoming conference information

NSF Advanced Search - UCF Awards: Active AwardsAll Awards, or Create New Search

DIA2 Guide - NSF Database Search Tool. Search by ORG structure, program, topic, and more. 

NSF Budget Information System - Statistical and Funding History Reports

FOIA Request Information (NSF)

The Research Development team maintains a library of internal/external submitted proposals and can assist with securing a sample and submitting FOIA requests. Contact Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi for more information.

NSF Guide to Programs - Browse funding opportunities at NSF

Recent Program Announcements


NSF Proposal Tool Kit

NSF Timeline for Agency Review

FAQs on Proposal Preparation & Award Administration - Guide created by NSF

Merit Review Facts - Important facts about the NSF merit review process

Introduction to Transformative Research - Brief introduction to potentially transformative research and its support at NSF

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research - Guidance for investigators submitting an unsolicited interdisciplinary proposal for which there may not be a natural "home" in one of the existing NSF programs

Project Management for Research

NSF Handbook for Project Evaluation - Resource for project directors and principal investigators who will be evaluating NSF’s educational projects

Data Management Plans - Proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document (2 pages max) labeled "Data Management Plan"

Crafting the Data Management Plan - 2014 CAREER presentation

DataONE Primer on Data Management - the basics of data management, arranged in the context of the data lifecycle and geared towards researchers

Data Management and Sharing FAQs - resource provided by NSF

DMP Tool - Create, review, and share DMPs that meet institutional and funder requirements. The DMP Tool Blog and Webinar Series provide helpful guidance.

Databib - A tool for helping identify and locate online repositories of research data. Databib is merging with the repository.  Click here to visit the old site. 

UCF Library Support - The UCF library maintains a Data Management Libguide. You can schedule a consultation to meet with a librarian for an in-depth one on one consultation specific to your research topic.


Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)



NSF Point of Contact at UCF

Dr. Debra Reinhart
Associate VP for Research and Scholarship
Director of Research Development 
(407) 823-2315

REACT support from ORC Research Development Team

A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

R:  The Research Development team promises to rapidly Respond to investigator needs by immediately making ourselves available and beginning the research support process.

E:  The Research Development team can Evaluate needs and available assets based on agency/RFP guidelines, existing infrastructure, collaboration requirements, and special requests (such as samples from the proposal library or FOIA requests and templates created for the specific announcement/agency).

A:  The Research Development team can Assist with proposal components and coordinate efforts with the C&G team and College/Institute Administrators. Research Development can help prepare non-technical components of the proposal such as Facilities Equipment & Other Resources, Current & Pending Support, Letters of Collaboration, Biographical Sketches, Collaborators & Other Affiliations, research timeline tables, and perform searches for UCF facts and demographics/enrollment data.  We can point to on-line materials that support the proposal preparation.

C:  The Research Development team can Coordinate the proposal progress through meeting/communication assistance, identification and connection with collaborators/partners, document management, review coordination (editorial review, technical peer review), proposal progress scheduling, and follow-ups with collaborators.

T:  The Research Development team can Track proposals through the stages of revision and finalization, and can provide post-submission evaluation.