.While this is disconcerting in the short run, in the long run it keeps programs from stagnating and helps NSF keep on the forefront of research areas. Make it clear that you will have the right equipment and intellectual input that you will need to solve your problem. See the GPG for the exact requirements. At least as of now , I strongly recommend that you use Fastlane because there are several NSF-specific features in Fastlane that are not available in grants. Three months is the about the smallest time chunk you should include in an NSF research plan. Project Description The project description has a 15 page limit.
.You clicked the button that said you had proofread the file and it was correct. Resources and Annotated Examples. The Director of NSF, who is like a university president or chancellor, is responsible for the overall direction of Science and Engineering Research.
NSF may cut your budget, but they'll never give you more than you ask for, so be sure to ask for everything you need. Find out about the agency, its goals, and its review system. A reviewer may be interested in the number of PhD students you have advised and what kinds of careers they have gone on to; they may look at your collaborators to see whether you work with industry, with people from other fields, or with people at other universities. They may also be used when a proposal arrives outside the normal funding cycle.
Make it clear that you will have the right equipment and intellectual input that you will need to solve your problem. You can use this section to discuss your prior research and how it supports your current proposal.
You need to be able to put your work in context. Why is the problem important and interesting? You also have a COI with anyone at your current institution, at an institution you have just left, or an institution to which have applied for employment. Most reviewers find it easier to rank a set of proposals than to write a detailed review of each proposal. Also, if you work in several areas or want to highlight a particular area of expertise, be sure to select your five works most relevant to the current proposal. Clearly state the question you will address: Why is it important?
General advice Always read the RFP request for proposal to find out what the funders want. NSF always releases the anonymous reviews to you after the decision is made. Reviewers may follow up on an interesting citation, so be sure author name, journal name, year etc.
Don't insult anyone. If you trash everyone else in your research field, saying their work is no good, you also will not get funded.
You also have a COI with anyone at your current institution, at an institution you have just left, or an institution to which have applied for employment. In order to update the software methods and make NSF funding more transparent to the public, the current plan is to migrate the functions of Fastlane to research. Use simple language rather than field jargon.
The plan should cover: the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project; the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies ; policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements; policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them. As a result, fewer proposals are funded. All the other program directors are working with the same numbers -- and the expertise of many reviewers overlaps several programs. Section V explains the difference between these types of reviews. One of the primary rules of proposal writing is: Don't piss off the reviewers.
Think of it instead as presenting a possible path from where you are now to where you want to be at the end of the research. I returned to NSF as a PD in and that was the first year that all proposal processing was done completely electronically. Leave a message if you want them to know that you called.
The Assistant Directors are like Deans of Colleges. The goal of the biosketch is to provide reviewers with your credentials that will help them evaluate whether you have the background, knowledge and skills to perform the proposed research. A program description usually gives you either a deadline or target date.
The biosketch also helps identify your conflicts of interest. This advice comes from a former NSF program director. The people on the committee read many, many applications. What is it that your results will make possible?