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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.

NEW: Updates for 2020

Investigators who have questions about the new formats for biosketches and current and pending support documents can visit our FAQ page.

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 NSF proposal guidelines (NSF 20-1) are available here.

CAREER Proposals: ORE NSF CAREER proposal resource page.

Fastlane: Proposal information should be entered into the NSF Fastlane system. To submit an NSF proposal you will need an NSF ID. You can set one up at research.gov.

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: Information on the COA form and a link to the template is available here

Biosketch: Click here for a template for creating an NSF biosketch. As of October 5, 2020 new guidelines (NSF 20-1) require that all submitters use an NSF-approved format for the biographical sketch. A link to this requirement and the approved SciENcv tool is available here.

Current and Pending Support: When the new guidelines (NSF 20-1) take effect October 5, 2020, all submitters will be required to use an NSF-approved format for current and pending support information. A link to an approved fillable pdf will be posted here.

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.

Postdoc Mentoring Plan: Click here for a template for creating a post-doc mentoring plan.

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 the Research Development Team. For more information, contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development (AVCRD@utk.edu).

ORE provides several workshops and training opportunities throughout the year. ​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.

The Office of Sponsored Programs 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.