Strategies for Writing a Strong NSF Proposal

Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 314
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation
This workshop is designed to provide insight and guidance for proposal preparation for submission to NSF programs. Topics covered will include funding opportunities, the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), types of proposal submissions, types of funding mechanisms and sections of an NSF proposal.

Workshop Highlights:

By the end of this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • New programs and initiatives at NSF;
  • Future directions and strategies for national science policy;
  • Proposal preparation;
  • NSF's merit review process;
  • Conflict of interest policies


1:30 Welcome and introductions

1:45 Participants share their knowledge and experiences dealing with NSF

2:00 Overview of NSF programs, Big Ideas, types of proposals and proposal preparation

2:45 Break

2:55 Small-group discussions regarding challenges to submitting successful proposals (institutional, collaborator, external partners, etc.)

3:15 Whole-group discussion of common proposal submission challenges and strategies for addressing them

3:45 Wrap-up and Workshop Evaluation

4:00 Adjourn


2017 NSF Updates:

Proposal preparation from 2017 NSF Grants Conference:

2018 NSF Grants Conference (this conference may have already reached its maximum registration capacity):

NSF Proposal Preparation Guide (PAPPG):