NSF Resources

About NSF

NSF at a Glance
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2016), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

NSF Directorates and Divisions

Annual NSF Budget to Congress

NSF Training

Tenured and tenure-track faculty were recently invited to participate in the NSF 2021 Conference held online and free of charge.  If you were unable to attend and prior to considering an NSF proposal, please access the NSF 2021 Conference Training Sessions in PowerPoint Presentations and/or YouTube Live Streaming.  Each presentation is about an hour in length, covering important introductory and disciplinary-specific topics well worth the time commitment.

Informational Articles

Twelve Steps to a Winning Research Proposal (PDF) by George A. Hazelrigg of NSF

Advice for Meeting Directors at NSF (PDF)

Merit Review and Broader Impacts (PDF)

Faculty Association with NSF

NSF Temporary Rotator Positions

NSF offers a chance for scientists, engineers, and educators to join us as temporary program directors – called rotators. Rotators make recommendations about which proposals to fund; influence new directions in the fields of science, engineering, and education; support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research; and mentor junior research members. As a rotator, you will be in a prime position to collaborate with others and increase your visibility as you survey the entire breadth of U.S. and international science, engineering, and education in real time. In addition, as a temporary program director, you can retain your ties to your current institution and return to it with new insights and experience for your team.

Why You Should Volunteer to Serve As An NSF Reviewer

NSF Proposal Samples

From the University of Toledo

NSF Grant Opportunities