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Funder Tool Kits: NSF


This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights the National Science Foundation (NSF). It includes news, priorities, funding opportunities, and award history, as well as proposal guidance and resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and ORC Research Development Team.


News, Opportunities, and Awards

Revision of NSF Agency-Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions (effective 3/1/2018) - Note Article 35 regarding procedures if breach of Personally Identifiable Information occurs.

Fall 2017 Grants Conference - Presentations from NSF

Changes to BIO Proposal Submissions (effective 2018) - The Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO) is notifying members of the research community of important changes to the core program solicitations effective in calendar year 2018. You are strongly encouraged to read the Dear Colleague Letter and the Frequently Asked Questions for complete details and contact your program officer for specific questions.

Understanding NSF Research Areas

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

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's "NSF & Congress Toolkit" - information about the impact of NSF's investments in science and engineering research and education

NSF Webinars/Webcasts

NSF Grants Conferences - past and upcoming conference information

NSF Special Reports

NSF Social Media 

Program Announcements and Info Updates (RSS Feed)

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Pivot database (NSF saved search) - find, track and share current/anticipated funding opportunities

NSF Guide to Programs (NSF search)Browse current/forecasted NSF funding opportunities

NSF Supplemental Funding - for New/Renewal Proposals and Active awards

Recent Program Announcements (RSS Feed):

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Upcoming Deadlines (RSS Feed):

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Award Search - Active UCF AwardsAll UCF 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 and NSF Funding to UCF.

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.

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NSF Proposal Guidance

NSF PAPPG 18-1 applies to all NSF proposal submissions as of 1/29/2018. Please view Significant Changes and Clarifications.

NSF Timeline for Agency Review

FAQs on Proposal Preparation & Award Administration - Guide from NSF

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

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

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

Project Management for Research

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

NSF Guide for Proposal Writing

This guide provides quick-reference information and templates for specific sections required in NSF proposals (refer to the RFP for special requirements). Content is based on NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 18-1 (effective 1/29/2018).

The Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, peer/editorial reviews, and more. Contact Joshua Roney for more information.

Guidelines on the required Broader Impacts section in NSF proposals

Dear Colleague Letter: Broader Impacts Review Criterion

​Merit Review: Frequently Asked Questions

Merit Review: Broader Impacts Criterion - Representative activities from NSF

Broader impacts: Improving Society -  Examples and information from NSF OIA

Broader Impacts Summit - 2014 conference proceedings from NABI

Perspectives on Broader Impacts - 2014 NSF Special Report 

Addressing NSF Broader Impacts - led by Dr. Debra Reinhart

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)

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

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)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Public Access (NSF 18-041)

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.

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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)



NSF Point of Contact at UCF

Debra ReinhartPhD, PE, BCEE
Associate VP for Research and Scholarship,
Director of Research Development 
Office of Research & Commercialization

University of Central Florida
(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.