National Science Foundation Grant Writing Resources

NSF Logo: Blue globe with letters NSF in center

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that promotes the progress of science to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense. The NSF is a major funder of research at the University. Please use the tools and resources below to help you design, write and meet the requirements for proposals to the NSF.

Proposal Templates & Checklists

The buttons below will take you to a page with a checklist and templates based on the NSF guidance for each component of a particular NSF grant mechanism. Use the templates to begin writing each element, and use the checklist to keep track of timing and what parties at UO are responsible for various pieces of an application.

Guidance & Resources

Ways to Improve Grant-Writing Skills
Resources to support the new grant-writer learning the style and technique for this specialized writing
Specialized Proposal Prep Resources
Internal UO resources available to PIs to improve their proposals

Research Development Services Training Video

NSF Workshop Videos

The NSF has produced significant content on various elements of the agency, proposal preparation, and merit review. Below are links to the NSF videos, some with an accompanying document that lists the time-marker for main topics in the video in order to facilitate finding specific information quickly.