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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 OR Research Development Team.




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FIND INFORMATION: News, Funding Opportunities, and Past Awards

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.

Understanding NSF Research Areas

NSF Strategic Plan (2022-2026) 

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 Special Reports

NSF Social Media 

NSF Webinars/Webcasts

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

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Pivot database (NSF saved search - UCF Single Sign On Required) - adapt this search to receive alerts on NSF funding related to your research area

NSF Funding Opportunity List

NSF Collaborations With Federal Agencies and Others

Crosscutting and NSF-wide programs (NSF search) - Browse current/forecasted NSF funding opportunities

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

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. 

NSF Budget Info 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 Research Development for more information.

PLAN YOUR PROPOSAL: Guidance and Resources

NSF Review information:


Additional topics for NSF proposals:


Broader Impacts information:

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

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. 

    • 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"

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.

  • Data Management Plan resources and contacts - from the UCF Research Lifecycle
  • DMP Tool - Create, review, and share DMPs that meet institutional and funder requirements. The DMP Tool Blog and Webinar Series provide helpful guidance.
  • STARS Repository - 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.​
  • - The Registry of Research Data Repositories is a tool for helping identify and locate online repositories of research data. 

EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)

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 NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 23-1 (effective 1/30/2023 until 05/19/2024).

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.


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.

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 

Support from UCF Librarians

Citation Management

Data Management Plans

Publishing & Author Rights

STARS - Data Hosting

Support across the Research Lifecycle

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.

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.