National Science Foundation (NSF) Resources

FAS Research Administration team has compiled a set of guidelines, templates and tools to facilitate the development of NSF proposals. The templates below have been reviewed and updated, if necessary, to reflect the changes and clarifications described in NSF 17-1, the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, effective for proposals submitted on or due on or after January 30, 2017.  To view the full text of the 17-1 PAPPG, please click here.

NSF Resources

NSF Biosketch Template

A biographical sketch is required for each individual identified as senior project personnel on an NSF proposal.

NSF Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources Template

Proposers must include with NSF proposals a description of the internal and external resources (both physical and personnel) that the organization and its collaborators will provide to the project, should it be funded.

NSF Results from Prior NSF Support Template

If any PI or co-PI identified on the project has received NSF funding in the past five years, information on the award(s) is required. Each PI and co-PI who has received more than one award (excluding amendments) must report on the award most closely related to the proposal.

NSF Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan Template

Each NSF proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a supplementary document, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals.

Guidelines for NSF CAREER Awards

To assist faculty in the development of proposals, FAS Research Development has developed guidelines for faculty who intend to apply for NSF CAREER Awards.

Sample Proposal Library

This proposal library contains recently successful grant proposals from FAS and SEAS applicants available for use by request from FAS and SEAS faculty and principal investigators.

Broader Impacts Resources

This resource provides information on programs and resources in and around Harvard that FAS and SEAS faculty can leverage to demonstrate the potential for a project to benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes.

Data Management Plan Tool

A group of major research institutions has partnered to create a flexible online tool to help researchers generate data management plans. This provides sponsor-specific guidance and resources for writing a data management plan.

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