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.
Cross search the UCF Libraries Catalog and the many databases, journals, magazines, newspapers and ebooks available.
NSF Program Announcements and Info Updates (RSS Feed)
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.
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 Grants Conferences - past and upcoming conference information
Pivot database (NSF saved search) - find, track and share current/anticipated 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):
Upcoming Deadlines (RSS Feed):
DIA2 Guide - NSF Database Search Tool. Search by ORG structure, program, topic, and more.
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.
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 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"
See PAPPG 18-1 for more details.
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)
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
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.
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
CAREER Program Information - from NSF
NSF CAREER Contacts by Directorate and Division
CAREER Proposal Template - based on 2018 guidelines
Template for Department Letter - includes guidance and best practice tips
Samples - Contact Research Development for next steps!
View CAREER Awards - NSF Advanced Award Search
NSF CAREER Overview - slides from NSF Spring 2018 Grants Conference
NSF CAREER Webinar - from NSF 2017 Grants Conference
NSF CAREER Series - CAREER Writing Strategies: Part 1, Led by: Debbie Reinhart, Ph.D. (2/26/2018)
NSF CAREER Series - CAREER Writing Strategies: Part 2, Led by: Debbie Reinhart, Ph.D. and Joshua Roney (3/28/2018)
NSF CAREER Series Workshop #4: (4/18/2018)
(Recording of this workshop is available. Please email ORCWorkshops@ucf.edu to request)
EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)
The EAGER funding mechanism may be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.
These exploratory proposals may also be submitted directly to an NSF program, but the EAGER mechanism should not be used for projects that are appropriate for submission as “regular” (i.e., non-EAGER) NSF proposals.
Requirements as stated in PAPPG 18-1
EAGER Proposal Template - based on 2018 guidelines
View EAGER Awards - NSF Advanced Award Search
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.
Formatting Requirements (font, spacing, margins, pagination)
Project Summary (1 page max)
Intellectual Merit (NEW required section)
Broader Impacts (required section)
Results from Prior NSF Support (required if applicable)
Data Management Plan (2 pages max)
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
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
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
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.
The OR Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF. Visit our website for more information.