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NSF Resources

The Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) is invested in the success of UT’s NSF researchers. This page informs researchers of relevant resources at UT and NSF, provides easy access to information needed to prepare and submit a strong NSF proposal, simplifies the application process, and serves as a repository for frequently requested documents.

Finding NSF Funding

Find NSF funding opportunities and sign up for RSS feeds here. You can also search funded grants by PI, institution, keyword, program and more using the Awards Advanced Search.

Frequently Requested Information

Proposal Guide: The current Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (January 2017) is available here.

CAREER Proposals: ORE NSF CAREER proposal resource page.

Fastlane: Proposal information should be entered into the NSF Fastlane system. If you do not have a Fastlane account, you can set one up by contacting OSP.

Proposal Examples: Access copies of funded NSF proposals in the ORE Proposal Library.

Review Process: NSF’s Merit Review page provides information on the review process, timeline, and review criteria. Interested in serving as a reviewer? Find out how here.

Budget: The OSP budget preparation website provides a sample NSF budget and budget justification, F&A rates, and common budget categories.

Collaborators & Other Affiliations: (scroll down to the “other” category on this page to download the NSF Collaborators & Other Affiliations Information template).

Biosketch: Click here for a template for creating an NSF biosketch. (You can use SciENcv to create and maintain biographical sketches for multiple federal agencies.)

Data Management Plan: The online Data Management Tool through Hodges Library Data Services provides a template for creating the required NSF data management plan. After creating the plan, you can select to have the Hodges Data Curation Librarian provide feedback.

Broader Impacts: NSF provides four helpful FAQs on broader impacts here. UT’s Office of Community Engagement & Outreach provides broader impacts proposal resources.

Proposal Support

Research Development

Please contact us if you would like assistance with identifying specific NSF funding opportunities, planning your proposal, coordinating a research team, or editorial assistance. The Office of Research and Engagement offers support for NSF proposals through two research development teams: the Faculty Development Team (for standard proposals) and the Research Development Team (for large proposals such as Center grants or proposals with extensive external partnering). For more information, contact Dr. Louise Nuttle (FDT) or Dr. Kimberly Eck (RDT).

ORE Workshops

A listing of ORE proposal workshops are available on the training schedule page and ORE event calendar.

​The schedule includes workshops on preparing NSF proposals and more intensive, multi-session Proposal Writing Institutes on the CAREER Award and NSF proposals in general.

Office of Sponsored Programs

OSP can also assist with questions about submission procedures, Cayuse electronic routing, compliance with NSF requirements, and budget questions.

Is there an NSF resource that you need or have questions? Please send us an email.

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