NSF Proposal Toolkit
The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires electronic submission for all grant proposals. Proposals are submitted via FASTLANE or Grants.gov depending on the guidelines for the specific program announcement.
The Grants Office will format and submit your proposal to the NSF via Grants.gov.
Proposal Procedures and Guidelines
National Science Foundation
A Guide for Proposal Writing
An overview and guide for writing an NSF proposal. Each section is available in either HTML or PDF format.
- NSF Completed Forms and Instructions
- NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide 2017
- NSF Research for Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) Program: Perspectives from the Inside (article)
- NSF Support of Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) (article)
- NSF Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) (article)
All proposals must address the intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria specified in the program announcement. If the review criteria is not addressed the proposal will NOT be reviewed.
- NSF Review Criteria (powerpoint)
- NSF Merit Review Process (pdf)
- NSF Broader Impacts Criteria (pdf)
- NSF Proposal Style Sheet (doc)
Writing Proposals to Meet NSF’s Expectations
Below are documents from a workshop held by NSF to assist proposal writers in writing effective educational proposals.