Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference: Proposal Preparation

Proposal Preparation

NSF staff review how and when to prepare a proposal, including discussion of what constitutes a project and a proposal of high quality. Presenters discuss do’s and don’ts, recent procedural changes, as well as the various sources of NSF programmatic opportunities.

NSF PAPPG: https://nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ…

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions on proposal preparation: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/p…

Presenters: Jean Feldman, Randy Phelps, Jennifer Wade


Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference: Merit Review Process

Merit Review Process

NSF Program Officers discuss the philosophy of merit review and how it works, as well as ad hoc and multi-tiered reviews. Presenters also cover the role of the Program Officer, timing of proposal submissions, reviewer selection, release of reviewer comments, and conflict-of-interest issues related to merit review.

View the PAPPG here: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_…

Frequently Asked Questions related to the PAPPG: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/p…

CAREER Program info is here: https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportun…

CAREER Merit Review Principles and Criteria: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf2258…

Presenters: Kelsey Cook, Bonnie Green, Karen Santoro, Cynthia Suchman


Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference: Award Management

Award Management

This session addresses award requirements and conditions and outlines the responsibilities of those involved in the award process–principal investigators, grantee institutions, Program Officers, research administrators, and agency grants officials.

NSF policies and procedures for the topics discussed are in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG): https://nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ…

Frequently Asked Questions related to the NSF PAPPG: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/p…

Presenters: Beatriz Azor, Jannele Gosey, Jeff Vieceli


Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference: Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the nation’s scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instruments that are, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. This session covers what makes for a competitive MRI proposal, and NSF plans to implement changes to the Program beginning with the FY 2023 MRI competition.

MRI Program: https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportun…

Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): https://nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ…

Presenter: Randy Phelps


Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference: Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)

Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)

NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences supports basic research on people and society. The SBE sciences focus on human behavior and social organizations and how social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental forces affect the lives of people from birth to old age and how people in turn shape those forces. SBE scientists develop and employ rigorous methods to discover fundamental principles of human behavior at levels ranging from cells to society, from neurons to neighborhoods, and across space and time. Such fundamental principles help us understand patterns of stability and change at the individual, group, organizational, and societal levels that can be applied to promote the progress of science and to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare. Through its various core disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs, as well as contributions to cross-directorate NSF investments, SBE supports approximately 5,000 scientists, educators, and students in a typical year. Understanding human behavior individually and in groups has far-reaching impacts from optimizing child development to safeguarding our troops; from exploring the origins of our species to finding our way with GPS; from understanding the state of the science and engineering enterprise to securing cyberspace.

The Build and Broaden (B2) homepage is here: https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportun…

The Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program page is here: https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportun…

Presenter: Jeremy Koster


Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference: Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP)

Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP)

NSF’s newest directorate, “TIP,” Technology, Innovation and Partnerships — creates breakthrough technologies; meets societal and economic needs; leads to new, high-wage jobs; and empowers all Americans to participate in the U.S. research and innovation enterprise. TIP is a unique opportunity that engages the nation’s diverse talent in strengthening and scaling the use-inspired and translational research that will drive tomorrow’s technologies and solutions. TIP brings together teams of researchers, practitioners, and users to shape research directions, catalyze iterative co-design and co-creation, develop game-changing technologies and solutions to address the nation’s societal and economic challenges, and grow the future workforce.

Presenter: Barry Johnson


Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference: Directorate for Engineering (ENG)

Directorate for Engineering (ENG)

Research funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) has enriched the understanding of natural systems, enhanced electronics, fortified the nation’s infrastructure and introduced the exciting possibilities of engineering to the next generation. Investments in engineering research and education are critical building blocks for the nation’s future prosperity. Engineering breakthroughs address national challenges, such as smart manufacturing, resilient infrastructure, and sustainable energy systems. Engineering also brings about new opportunities in areas ranging from advanced photonics to prosthetic devices.

Engineering Fellows program: https://efellows.asee.org/

BRITE Program: https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportun…

Mid Career Advancement (MCA) program: https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportun…

Presenter: Carole Read


Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference: Directorate for STEM Education (EDU)

Directorate for STEM Education (EDU)

The Directorate for STEM Education works to develop a well-informed citizenry and a diverse and capable workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators. EDU’s programs support STEM education at all educational levels and in a variety of settings. The directorate funds cutting-edge research and evaluation projects across all STEM disciplines and STEM projects — through scholarships, fellowships, centers, alliances, networks, curriculum development and institutional capacity building. It also invests in activities aimed to improve knowledge of accessibility, integration and adaptability in STEM education and beyond — ensuring that STEM education and career opportunities are accessible, inclusive and equitable for all Americans, including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

EDU was formerly the Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR).

Presenters: Luis Cubano, Bonnie Green