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Applying to the National Science Foundation. OSP Awareness Oct 2010 [email protected] , osp.syr.edu. NSF’s Mission. To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. Annual budget: $7 billion (FY10 request).

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Applying to the national science foundation

Applying to the National Science Foundation

OSP Awareness

Oct 2010

[email protected], osp.syr.edu


Nsf s mission
NSF’s Mission

  • To promote the progress of science;

  • to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare;

  • and to secure the national defense.

  • Annual budget: $7 billion (FY10 request)


Nsf organization
NSF organization..…

Supports all fields of fundamental science & engineering (except medical (bioengineering okay))

  • Directorates

    Biosciences; Computer & Information Science & Engineering; Education & Human Resources; Engineering; Geosciences; Math & Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

  • Offices

    Cyberinfrastructure; Integrative Activities; International Science & Engineering; Polar Programs


Programs opportunities
Programs & Opportunities

  • Dear Colleague Letter

  • Program Description

  • Program Announcement

  • Program Solicitation


Types of submissions currently all thru fastlane

Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)

EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)

Facilitation awards for sci. & eng /c disabilities

Supplemental requests (REUs, RETs)

Collaborative proposals

Equipment

Conferences, Symposia & Workshops

International Travel

Doctoral Dissertation

Types of Submissions- currently all thru FASTLANE -

  • Letter of Intent

  • Preliminary Proposal

  • Full Proposal

  • Variations on the theme:


Submission deadlines
Submission “Deadlines”

  • Target Dates – “soft”

  • Deadline Dates – “hard” (5:00 p.m. local)

  • Submission windows – time frame; end date “hard” (5:00 p.m. local)


Nsf proposals convey
NSF Proposals Convey

  • 1) the project’s objectives and significance to science, engineering or education;

    • It’s a great idea that’s important to NSF Project Description, Summary

  • 2) the suitability of the methods proposed;

    • The approach used is the best path to take; work is feasible and risks are reasonable relative to benefits. Project Description


  • Nsf proposals convey cont d
    NSF Proposals Convey cont’d

    • 3) The qualifications of the investigator, project team and grantee organization to perform the proposed work;

      • The investigator and the team possess the necessary expertise to assure project success. Biosketches

      • All necessary resources and facilities are available to assure project success. Facilities, Equipment, & Other Resources


    Nsf proposals convey cont d1
    NSF Proposals Convey cont’d

    • 4) the impact of the activity on the infrastructure of science, engineering and education; and

      • Broader impacts may include enabling the next generation of scientists, engineers & educators. Project Description

  • 5) the cost of the project.

    • There’s value for the investment; the cost is “in line” with similar projects. Budget & Justification


  • Review criteria
    Review Criteria

    • What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?

    • What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

    • Panel, mail review, combination


    Intellectual merit
    Intellectual Merit

    • Significance & impact - Importance to advancing knowledge and understanding within and across fields

    • Significance & innovation - Suggest and explore creative & original concepts?

    • Approach – Conception & organization of the activity?

    • Qualifications – Qualifications of PI/team (prior work)

    • Capability - Access to resources?


    Broader impacts
    Broader Impacts

    • Is discovery & understanding advanced while teaching, training, and learning is promoted?

    • Broaden the participation of underrepresented groups

    • Enhance the infrastructure for research and education, e.g., facilities, instrumentation, networks and partnerships

    • Broad dissemination of results to enhance scientific and technology understanding

    • How will society benefit?

      http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf032/bicexamples.pdf


    In addition
    In addition…

    • NSF staff consider…

    • Integration of research and education

      • … efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives.

    • Integrating diversity into NSF programs, projects & activities


    What s new in 2011
    What’s new in 2011?

    • Data management plan and sharing award products – Supplemental Doc. May include:

      • What’s produced: the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials;

      • Standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);


    What s new in 2011 dmp con t
    What’s new in 2011? – DMPcon’t

    • Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;

    • Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and

    • Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.

      • Include costs for DMP in budget!


    What s new in 2011 cont d
    What’s new in 2011? Cont’d

    • No cost sharing.

      • No voluntary committed effort.

    • Cover page:

      • Performing/Research Organization changing to Project/Performance Site Primary Location information.

        • Why? To comply with FFATA


    What s continuing from 2010
    What’s continuing from 2010

    • Responsible conduct of research

      • All undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs compensated by NSF must complete:

        • CITIRCR training (all groups)

        • Face-to-face or other approved training (Graduate students / postdocs)


    Possible outline gpg
    Possible Outline (GPG)

    NOTE: Program solicitations may specify organization and content; these guidelines should be followed.

    • Introduction to project and it’s purpose (Introduce objectives in first page or two)

    • Context in which project fits

      • State of Knowledge – what is known, what’s not

      • Preliminary/foundational data

      • Significance of Project… So what?

    • Project Objectives– brief list of what you will do & their significance


    Possible outline cont d
    Possible Outline cont’d

    • Approach/Experimental Design/Methods

      • What will you do, how will you analyze and interpret data and results?

      • How do you know your methods work? (What does “success look like? Controls? Evaluation process?)

      • What challenges might you encounter and how will you work around them?

      • Dissemination plan (including Data Management Plan)

      • Time line/project management

    • Broader Impacts & integration of research & education

    • Prior NSF results


    Getting started
    Getting Started

    • Review Directorate/program’s web site

    • Review announcement or solicitation carefully

    • Review what’s been funded in the past

      • http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/

    • Contact Program manager EARLY

      • You want to do what… might they be interested? Would there be other programs interested?


    Writing
    Writing…

    • Start early (2 weeks before the deadline not recommended…)

    • Write for the reviewers

      • Ask program manager how reviewed? Panel, mail, both?

      • Make proposal a delight to read!

      • Use meaningful/informative headers

      • Don’t use full justification

      • White space helps!!


    Writing1
    Writing ….

    • Have others review your narrative

      • Clear? Are review criteria addressed?

      • Any obvious holes to be filled?

      • Broader impacts meaningfully addressed?

      • Scientific experts and “generalist experts”.

    • Write project summary last.

      • Two separate sections  Int. Merit & Broader Imp.


    Fastlane and other issues
    Fastlane and other issues

    • www.FASTLANE.nsf.gov

      • Register…

      • OSP can reset passwords if you’ve forgotten yours.

    • Formatting – Must follow GPG unless solicitation says otherwise…

      • http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?gpg

      • OSP does get proposals returned for non-compliance

        • Biosketches, font too small, publications non-compliance, collaborators not complete

        • Project summary in first person, intellectual merit / broader impacts not separately presented.

    • Grants.gov is coming…(yeh – right).


    Osp resources
    OSP resources…

    **NSF proposal checklist (osp.syr.edu / forms)

    • Amy Deppa (e- apps) [email protected]

    • Amy Graves (CAS) [email protected]

    • Meghan MacBlane (iSchool) [email protected]

    • Caroline McMullin (Maxwell, SoE) [email protected]

    • Stuart Taub (LCSmith) [email protected]

    • Trish Lowney (narratives) [email protected]


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