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.
NSF 101 - Answers commonly asked questions for applicants who might be new to applying for NSF funding opportunities and want to know more about how to communicate with NSF. NSF101 collaborates with program staff across the agency to provide clear, basic instructions to improve accessibility and demystify the NSF experience.
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.
NSF's Toolkit - information about the impact of NSF's investments in science and engineering research and education
NSF Grants Conferences - past and upcoming conference information
NSF Public Access Repository - the repository has peer-reviewed papers and other products of NSF-funded research
UCF Workshops on NSF-related topics
Pivot database (NSF saved search - UCF Single Sign On Required) - adapt this search to receive alerts on NSF funding related to your research area
Grants.gov (NSF search) - Browse current/forecasted NSF funding opportunities
NSF Supplemental Funding - for New/Renewal Proposals and Active awards
Upcoming Deadlines (RSS Feed):
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 Research Development for more information.
NSF Review information:
Additional topics for NSF proposals:
Broader Impacts information:
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
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.
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 NSF PAPPG 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 a PM managing the program where the research is aligned. All questions about COVID19-related research should be addressed directly to a cognizant NSF Program Officer for the NSF program with which the research would be most closely aligned.
RAPID proposals may be submitted to existing NSF funding opportunities
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.
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.
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 23-1
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 NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 23-1 (effective 1/30/2023).
Note: Separate instructions and templates specifically for CAREER and EAGER proposals are included in the section tabs above.
Format Requirements (font, spacing, margins, pagination, etc.)
Project Summary (1 page max)
Project Description (15 pages max)
Biographical Sketch (3 pages max)
(NOTE: The mandate to use SciENcv only for preparation of the biographical sketch will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 23, 2023. In the interim, proposers may continue to prepare and submit this document via use of SciENcv or the NSF fillable PDF. NSF, however, encourages the community to use SciENcv prior to the October 2023 implementation. - see guidance webpage from NSF)
RECOMMENDED: Use SciENcv Tool to Generate Biosketch in NSF Format
(NOTE: The mandate to use SciENcv only for preparation of the Current and Pending (Other) Support document will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 23, 2023. In the interim, proposers may continue to prepare and submit this document via use of SciENcv or the NSF fillable PDF. NSF, however, encourages the community to use SciENcv prior to the October 2023 implementation. - see guidance webpage from NSF)
Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan (if applicable)
Data Management Plan (2 pages max) - (see the "Data Mgmt" tab above for additional resources)
NSF Policy on Public Access: see guidance and requirements
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.
Saiful Khondaker, PhD
Interim Asst. VP for Research Advancement
Professor of Nanoscience, Physics, Electrical Engineering
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.