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.
Presentation - Framing your Research Project (UNC Charlotte, 2015)
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:
Rapid Response Research (RAPID)
In addition to standard research proposals, NSF also has the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) proposal type. This type of proposal is used when there is a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. See PAPPG Chapter II.E.1 for additional information on RAPID proposals.
RAPID proposals are NOT for: (1) Projects appropriate for submission as regular NSF proposals. (2) Events that are unanticipated due to lack of awareness of timelines; or (3) Collection of only non-perishable data.
Prior communication with NSF Program Manager is required with email documentation confirming approval to submit a RAPID proposal - THIS IS THE FIRST STEP.
SUBMIT A 1-2 PAGE PRE-PROPOSAL (and/or any questions) to either to a PM managing the program where the research is aligned or to email@example.com for a COVID-19 related proposal.
Once invited to submit a full RAPID proposal:
Title of the proposal must begin with the prefix "RAPID:"
$200K max amount for up to one year
Project Description is limited to 5 pages
NSF RAPID grants must follow standard proposal preparation instructions in the NSF PAPPG except for the RAPID-specific requirements, unless explicitly noted in a specific RFP or directed by an NSF program manager.
RAPID Full Proposal Template - based on NSF PAPPG 20-1 guidelines
View RAPID Awards - NSF Advanced Award Search
Data Management Plans - Proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document (2 pages max) labeled "Data Management Plan"
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.
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
CAREER Program Information - from NSF
NSF CAREER Contacts by Directorate and Division
The Research Development team in the UCF Office of Research coordinates a series of workshops specifically on aspects of NSF CAREER. Past awardees and specialist speakers provide insights on planning, development, and review of CAREER proposals. For more information, visit the CAREER workshops webpage.
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 19-1
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) 20-1 (effective 6/1/2020).
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)
Broader Impacts (required section)
Results from Prior NSF Support (required if applicable)
NOTE: The separate "Intellectual Merit" section in the PD is no longer required effective 6/1/2020.
Current and Pending Support (NOTE: THE C&P DOCUMENT MUST USE ONE OF THE TWO TEMPLATES APPROVED BY NSF (versions created in Word will be returned without review - see Policy Notice from NSF. Effective 10/5/2020)
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.