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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal Preparation by Opportunity


NSF at a Glance

With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion, NSF is the funding source for approximately 20% of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. Read more NSF at a Glance and review the NSF Fundamentals Workshop.

NSF Policy Additions and Revisions

The NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter provides information about upcoming changes and clarifications to policies and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposal, and manage NSF awards.

  • NSF announced that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1) has been issued. The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023. Learn more

  • In accordance with Important Notice No. 147, many NSF program solicitations now require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals. Please be advised that NSF will now start requiring the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to program descriptions. Find out more.

  • NSF Award Conditions have been updated for consistency with the revised 2 CFR §200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal AwardsThe revised terms and conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing awards made on or after November 12, 2020.

  • NSF is requiring NSF approved formats for both the biographical sketch and current & pending support documents as part of proposals submitted or due on or after June 1, 2020. Read more
Last Updated: 10/31/22