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Funder Tool Kits: NSF

Welcome

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 OR Research Development Team.

PROPOSAL PREPARATION

FIND INFORMATION: News, Funding Opportunities, and Past Awards

NSF Program Announcements and Info Updates (RSS Feed)

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Fall 2018 Grants Conference - Presentations and Webinars 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.

NSF Announces FastLane Changes (effective 1/30/2017) to support the PAPPG 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 


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

NSF Guide to Programs

NSF Collaborations With Federal Agencies and Others

Crosscutting and NSF-wide Active Funding Opportunities

Grants.gov (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

  • For CAREER and EAGER award information, please see those tabs below. 

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 OR 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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PLAN YOUR PROPOSAL: Guidance and Resources

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

NSF Guide for Proposal Writing

NSF Grants.gov Application Guide

FAQs on Proposal Preparation & Award Administration - Guide from NSF

NSF Review information:

Building the Future: Investing in Discovery and Innovation - NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2018 – 2022.

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 (from OSU)

NSF - Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development

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

Broader Impacts information:

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

Public Access

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

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

  • Crafting the Data Management Plan - led by Lee Dotson

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

  • STARS - UCF researchers are eligible to submit materials to STARS, a university-wide digital repository hosted on the Digital Commons platform (a comprehensive hosted solution for storing, managing, and sharing data). Click here to visit the researcher portion of the FAQs for STARS.

  • Databib - A tool for helping identify and locate online repositories of research data. Databib is merging with the re3data.org repository. Click here to visit the old site. 

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)

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DRAFT YOUR PROPOSAL: Section Instructions and Templates

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

Note: Separate instructions and templates specifically for CAREER and EAGER proposals are included in the section tabs above.

The OR Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, reviews, and more. Visit our website for more information.

POINTS OF CONTACT

NSF Point of Contact at UCF

This point of contact is very familiar with NSF  priorities/processes and can give helpful advice to increase the competitiveness of your proposal.

Debra Reinhart, PhD, PE, BCEE
Associate VP for Research and Scholarship,
Director of Research Development 
Office of Research
University of Central Florida
(407) 823-2315
Debra.Reinhart@ucf.edu


Additionally, information on Office of Research points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC is available at research.ucf.edu 

Support from UCF Librarians

Get Help With:

  • Citation Management
  • Data Management Plans
  • Publishing & Author Rights
  • STARS - Data Hosting
  • Literature Review (select by subject from the list below):

    General Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The OR Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.

    Large Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

    Find Potential Collaborators

    Find potential collaborators via the PIVOT Database - Run a search or View tutorials

    Find scholarship resulting from NSF Awards by using the Web of Science View tutorial or Search now

    See UCF awardees with the NSF Award Database Active Awards  or All Awards

    The OR Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF. Visit our website for more information.