NSF standard research grants are intended to support research projects in most fields of science and engineering.
When applying for an NSF standard research grant, follow the most current Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), as well as any instructions in the specific program solicitation. The NSF Grant Policy Manual may also be helpful to better understand the NSF, its grants process, and terms and conditions if the proposal is awarded.
Note: The specific program solicitation instructions always supersede the PAPPG.
Access the Disclose activities (Other Support/Current and Pending) page for requirements and samples of Current and Pending disclosures for NSF proposals.
NSF standard programs toolkits
Use the links below to access templates and examples for commonly required sections of NSF funding programs. Consult the PAPPG for specific section requirements that apply to that funding mechanism.
- Access the NSF grants for faculty toolkit for guidance and templates to write a standard research or educational proposal for NSF at the faculty-level.
- Access the NSF CAREER toolkit (updated annually in the spring) for guidance templates to write an NSF CAREER proposal for not yet tenured tenure-track faculty.
- Access the following toolkits for guidance and templates to write proposals for NSF programs targeting graduate students and postdocs
- Graduate Fellowships Research Program (GRFP) (updated annually in early summer)
- Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) (updated annually in early summer)
- Facilities and Resources Repository (access boilerplate language and contacts for developing the Facilities, Resources and Other Equipment section of your proposal)
The Office of Campus Research Development (OCRD) provides additional proposal development support for NSF proposals upon request.
NSF special programs toolkits
In addition to the standard NSF programs, the Office of Campus Research Development (OCRD) has developed toolkits for specific NSF funding opportunities, each of which includes guidance and templates tailored for each opportunity. These toolkits are updated annually or as needed to conform to both PAPPG and the specific solicitation requirements. These NSF toolkits and their deadlines can be found on the OCRD website. If the opportunity you are interested in is not represented, please contact OCRD to develop a more customized toolkit