National Science Foundation Updates Grant Proposal Policies

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Planning on submitting a grant to the National Science Foundation (NSF) now or in the future? Make sure to familiarize yourself with the NSF’s new rules for grant proposals, effective January 14. The Chronicle of Higher Education concisely reviews the changes in Karen M. Markin’s column “Don’t Underestimate NSF’s New Grant-Submission Rules.” The changes apply to four aspects of the process: the project summary; the biosketch; reporting of facilities, equipment, and other resources; and the review criteria. None of the changes are major, but correctly completing the application process could make the difference between a successful grant and one that’s rejected off the bat. To see the updated application process for yourself, check out the NSF’s Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

For further help writing and submitting grants, University Research Services and Administration (URSA) offers resources on proposal development and submissions, internal and external funding opportunities, and research workshops. Or look at some of these library resources:

Gerin, W., Kapelewski, C. H., Itinger, J., & Spruill, T. M. (2011). Writing the NIH grant proposal: A step-by-step guide (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE.

Hofmann, A. H. (2010). Scientific writing and communication: Papers, proposals, and presentations. New York: Oxford University Press.

Li, P., Marrongelle, K. (2013). Having success with NSF: A practical guide. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell.

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