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National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in science and engineering through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. NSF accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. The following link provides information about NSF’s active funding opportunities:

NSF Proposal Submission Modernization Webinars

March 2017 Webinar Agenda

September 2016 Webinar Agenda

Since 2014, the National Science Foundation has been holding annual webinars on the Proposal Submission Modernization (PSM) initiative, which will result in the modernization and migration NSF’s proposal submission system from FastLane to

This webinar series focuses on several themes that have surfaced in initial internal planning, including those related to:

  • Improving and tailoring the “look and feel” of the proposal submission system to better meet PI/SPO needs
  • Clarifying proposal requirements and continuing to implement automated compliance checks
  • Developing help functionality that facilitates effective use of the proposal system

Become a NSF Reviewer

NSF reviewers benefit from reviewing requests and serving on NSF panels. Reviewers gain first-hand knowledge of the peer-review process; learn about common problems with proposals; discover strategies to write strong proposals; and meet colleagues and NSF program officers managing programs related to your interests.

NSF Merit Review Process

All proposals submitted to NSF are reviewed according to the two merit review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. Learn more about NSF merits and impacts and learn why most NSF proposals that are awarded funding do not receive all "Excellent" ratings.

NSF Video Tutorial Now Available

NSF released a video tutorial on's feature to capture citations in annual and final project reports through the uploading of a BibTeX file. This tutorial walks awardees through the creation and uploading process of a BibTeX file to a project report via

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NSF Proposals: How Not to Get Funded