NSF Resources

NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide 23-1

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 23-1 grant proposal guide.  Effective for all proposals submitted on or after January 30, 2023. Changes from the previous PAPPG are summarized here.

Documents Required for Senior Personnel

NSF requires all senior personnel to provide up-to-date Biographical Sketch, Current and Pending (Other) Support, and Collaborators and Other Affiliations documents. See this page for details on how to produce compliant documents.

SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae)

As of October 23, 2023, the NSF Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending (Other) Support documents must be prepared using the SciENcv web application. SciENcv also supports preparation of biographical sketches for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grant applications. Users can link their SciENcv accounts to their ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), NSF, or NIH eRA Commons accounts to populate with information on affiliations, grants, and publications.

For further guidance and training on using SciENcv and ORCID, please see the following resources:

NSF Video Tutorials and How-To Guides

Effective January 30, 2023, NSF has transitioned all preparation and submission functionality for new proposals from FastLane to Research.gov. The following Research.gov resources are available:

NSF’s Guide for Proposal Writers

Step two of this guide from NSF includes information on writing a proposal. The information is fairly general, but it could be of use to researchers new to sponsored funding.

NSF’s Merit Review Process [PDF]

A presentation from NSF providing an overview of their merit review process.