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This page provides information and helpful links pertaining to NSF funding.

Useful NSF Links/Overview

Funding Opportunities Announcements

Templates

Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

Useful NSF Links

Funding Opportunities Announcements

  1. Familiarize yourself with the variety of Funding Opportunities
  2. Types of Funding Opportunities
    • Program Descriptions
      • Proposals for a Program Description must follow the instruction in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)
    • Program Announcements
      • Proposals for a Program Announcement must follow the instructions in the GPG
    • Program Solicitations
      • Proposals must follow the instructions in the Program Solicitation; the instructions in the GPG apply unless otherwise stated in the solicitation
    • Dear Colleague Letters
      • Dear Colleague Letters are notifications of opportunities or special competitions for supplements to existing NSF awards
  3. Types of Proposal Submissions
    • Full Proposal
      • The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reject submissions of full proposals that do not contain the mandatory sections. The required sections must be included or identified as not applicable.   The 10 required sections, as of March 18, 2013, are as follows:
        • Project summary
        • Data management plan
        • Postdoctoral mentoring plan (if applicable)
        • Project description
        • References cited
        • Biographical sketches
        • Current and pending support
        • Budget
        • Budget justification
        • Facilities, equipment, and other resources
      • Letters of Intent
        • Some NSF program solicitations require or request submissions of a letter of intent (LOI) in advance of a submission of a full proposal. A LOI is not binding and must be submitted through FastLane.
      • Preliminary Proposal
        • Some NSF program solicitations require or request submission of a preliminary proposal in advance of a full proposal, to be submitted through FastLane.
  4. When to submit proposals
      • No Deadlines
        • Many NSF programs accept proposals at any time.
      • Target Dates
        • Dates after which proposals will still be accepted, although they may miss a particular panel or committee meeting
      • Deadline Dates
        • Dates after which proposals will not be accepted for review by NSF. The deadline date will be waived only in extenuating circumstances. Such a deviation only may be authorized in accordance with GPG Chapter II.A.
      • Submission Windows
        • Designated periods of time during which proposals will be accepted for review by NSF. It is NSF's policy that the end date of a submission window converts to, and is subject to, the same policies as a deadline date.

Templates

  • Data Management Plan (DMP) – To create a DMP, the JMU Library recommends using the California Digital Library's DMPTool.  Please visit https://dmptool.org/ and click "Get Started" to select James Madison University and log in with your JMU e-ID and password.  JMU has provided customized "suggested response text" to each template, relating to data storage options on campus. Researchers can then copy and paste the relevant institutional information to their plan. If you have any questions please contact Yasmeen Shorish, the Science Librarian, at shorisyl@jmu.edu or see the JMU library website for answers and links to additional information.

 Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

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