The NSF is the major funder for science research that is not biomedical. But, like NIH grant applications, writing an NSF grant as a novice is usually confusing and overwhelming. We’ve listed resources the NSF provides to grantwriters in the table below, with links.

If you’re new to grantwriting, it’s a good idea to read the Grant-Writing Overview we developed before you look at this information specifically for NSF grants.

The NSF is the major funder for science research that is not biomedical. But, like NIH grant applications, writing an NSF grant as a novice is usually confusing and overwhelming. We’ve listed resources the NSF provides to grantwriters in the table below, with links.

In addition to these resources from the NSF, there is a wide variety of content with recommendations and resources for developing a more-competitive NSF grant. We’ve included several of these below, as well.

We will continue to be developing this post to provide more content and resources about NSF grants. If you know of resources or content you think should be represented here, please email me at svolk@ascb.org.

Resource for NSF Grants Web Links
Available from NSF
A Guide for Proposal Writing (updated Jan 2013) – suggestions collected from NSF Program Directors, panel reviewers, and successful grantees Link
Grant Proposal Guide (this link should always take you to the current one) – details the current policies and procedures for NSF grants Link
“ ‘Broader Impacts’ Definition” Link
“How to get NSF Funding: A View From the Inside” (c. 2004-2006, but still applicable) – this is a simpler introduction Link
Other resources for NSF grants
“Advice on Writing Proposals to the National Science Foundation” updated Apr 2015, very good advice Link
“Writing an NSF Grant Proposal: A First-Timer’s Perspective” (Feb 2014) Link
“NSF: Agency Guides, Templates and Tutorials” – excellent collection of resource links from UC Santa Cruz Link
“A Guide to NSF Success” – Science Careers, July 2007 Link

 

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