Applying to the National Science Foundation OSP Awareness Oct 2011,

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Applying to the National Science Foundation OSP Awareness Oct 2011, Slide 2 NSFs Mission To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. Slide 3 NSF organization.. Supports all fields of fundamental science & engineering (except medical (bioengineering okay)) A.Directorates Biosciences; Computer & Information Science & Engineering; Education & Human Resources; Engineering; Geosciences; Math & Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences B.Offices Cyberinfrastructure; Integrative Activities; International Science & Engineering; Polar Programs Slide 4 Programs & Opportunities Four Basic Categories Announcements and Funding Opportunities: Dear Colleague Letter Program Description Program Announcement Program Solicitation Slide 5 Dear Colleague Letter Provides general information to the research community Clarifies existing policy or document Inform NSF proposer community about upcoming opportunities or special competitions for supplements Slide 6 Program Description Broad general descriptions of programs or activities in NSF Directorates, Offices, and Divisions to encourage proposal submission in specific areas of interest to NSF Slide 7 Program Announcement Refers to formal NSF publications announcing NSF program Primary mechanism to communicate research opportunities PAs use generic eligibility and proposal guidelines specified in the Grant Proposal Guide, incorporate NSF Merit Review Criteria Slide 8 Program Solicitation Encourage proposal submission in specific NSF program areas of interest Generally more focused than Program Announcements Normally apply for a limited time period Typically include supplemental proposal preparation guidance May contain specifically crafted review criteria Slide 9 Program Solicitation (contd) Require Letter of Intent or Preliminary Proposal May limit number of proposals submitted by SU Typically require additional award conditions/reporting requirements Slide 10 Types of Submissions - currently all thru FASTLANE - Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Facilitation awards for sci. & eng /c disabilities Supplemental requests (REUs, RETs) Collaborative proposals Equipment Conferences, Symposia & Workshops International Travel Doctoral Dissertation Letter of Intent Preliminary Proposal Full Proposal Variations on the theme: Slide 11 Types of Submissions (contd) Letter of Intent Required in advance of full proposal submission Used by NSF staff to gauge size and range of interest in the completion Avoid potential conflicts of interests by reviewers Slide 12 Types of Submissions (contd) Preliminary Proposal Reduce proposers unnecessary effort in proposal preparation when likelihood of success small Increase overall quality at full submission Proposers will receive an Invite/Not Invite or Encourage/Discourage Slide 13 Submission Deadlines Target Dates soft Program Officer approval required for submission after Target Date Deadline Dates hard (5:00 p.m. local) Submission windows time frame; end date hard (5:00 p.m. local) Slide 14 NSF Proposals Convey 1) the projects objectives and significance to science, engineering or education; Its a great idea thats important to NSF Project Description, Summary 2) the suitability of the methods proposed; The approach used is the best path to take; work is feasible and risks are reasonable relative to benefits. Project Description Slide 15 NSF Proposals Convey contd 3) The qualifications of the investigator, project team and grantee organization to perform the proposed work Biosketches The investigator and the team possess the necessary expertise to assure project success. Also used by PO to assess possible conflicts of interest Slide 16 NSF Proposals Convey contd Facilities and Other Resources Are all necessary resources and facilities available to assure project success Describe only those resources directly applicable to the research Use a narrative format Do NOT include quantifiable financial information Slide 17 NSF Proposals Convey contd 4) the impact of the activity on the infrastructure of science, engineering and education; and Broader impacts may include enabling the next generation of scientists, engineers & educators. Project Description 5) the cost of the project. Theres value for the investment; the cost is in line with similar projects. Budget & Justification Slide 18 Review Criteria What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity? What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity? Slide 19 Intellectual Merit Significance & impact - Importance to advancing knowledge and understanding within and across fields Significance & innovation - Suggest and explore creative & original concepts? Approach Conception & organization of the activity? Qualifications Qualifications of PI/team (prior work) Capability - Access to resources? Slide 20 Broader Impacts Is discovery & understanding advanced while teaching, training, and learning is promoted? Broaden the participation of underrepresented groups Enhance the infrastructure for research and education, e.g., facilities, instrumentation, networks and partnerships Broad dissemination of results to enhance scientific and technology understanding How will society benefit? Examples illustrating activities likely to demonstrate broader impacts are available at Slide 21 In addition NSF staff consider Integration of research and education Efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives. Slide 22 Integrating diversity into NSF programs, projects & activities Further NSFs mission to broaden opportunities for & enable participation of all men and women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering. Slide 23 Types of Review Panel, Mail Review, Combination Minimum 3 peer reviewers per proposal Panel review = jointly conducted by peer reviewers with broad scientific knowledge Mail review (a.k.a. ad hoc review) = reviewers with specific expertise in related fields; PO may use List of Suggested Reviewers in the application Reviewers remain anonymous throughout 8% = ad hoc; 55% = panel; 32% = combination panel/ad hoc Slide 24 Whats new in 2011? Data Management Plan Whats produced : the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials; Standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies); Slide 25 Whats new in 2011? DMP cont Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements; Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them. Include costs for DMP in budget! Slide 26 Whats new in 2011- DMP cont Visit the OSP website for more information about NSF Directorate, Division, & Program Specific Guidance and a data management plan template: s/nsf---data-management-plan.html Slide 27 Whats new in 2011? Contd Voluntarily committed cost sharing is prohibited No voluntary committed effort. PIs and key personnel are expected to devote some measurable effort on all sponsored projects. Organizational Resources necessary and available for the project should be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section (II.C.2.i). Slide 28 Whats new in 2011? Contd The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information financial information. Slide 29 Whats continuing from 2010 Responsible Conduct of Research All undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs compensated by NSF must complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research Slide 30 Whats continuing from 2010 Contd WhoWhatWhen Undergraduates who receive hourly wages or stipends from NSF award (SU prime or subcontract) CITI* Undergraduate in applicable discipline Within 60 days of start of compensation Graduate Students who receive hourly wages, salaries or stipends 1.CITI GRADUATE in applicable discipline 2.Face-to-face training or approved alternate Within 60 days of start of compensation Postdoctoral researchers who receive salaries or stipends directly from NSF 1.CITI POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in applicable discipline 2.Face-to-face training or approved alternate Within 60 days of start of compensation *Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Slide 31 Whats continuing from 2010 Contd For more information on RCR visit Management/compliance---post- award1/responsible-conduct-of-research-rcr.pdf Slide 32 Getting Started Review Directorate/programs web site Review announcement or solicitation carefully Review whats been funded in the past Contact Program manager EARLY You want to do what might they be interested? Would there be other programs interested? Slide 33 Writing Start early (2 weeks before the deadline not recommended) Write for the reviewers Ask program manager how reviewed? Panel, mail, both? Make proposal a delight to read! Use meaningful/informative headers Dont use full justification White space helps!! Slide 34 Writing . Have others review your narrative Clear? Are review criteria addressed? Any obvious holes to be filled? Broader impacts meaningfully addressed? Scientific experts and generalist experts. Write project summary last. Two separate sections Int. Merit & Broader Imp. Slide 35 Project Description Possible Outline (GPG) NOTE: Program solicitations may specify organization and content; these guidelines should be followed. 1.Introduction to project and its purpose (Introduce objectives in first page or two) 2.Context in which project fits a.State of Knowledge what is known, whats not b.Preliminary/foundational data c.Significance of Project So what? 3.Project Objectives brief list of what you will do & their significance Slide 36 Possible Outline contd 4.Approach/Experimental Design/Methods a.What will you do, how will you analyze and interpret data and results? b.How do you know your methods work? (What does success look like? Controls? Evaluation process?) c.What challenges might you encounter and how will you work around them? d.Dissemination plan (including Data Management Plan) e.Time line/project management 5.Broader Impacts & integration of research & education 6.Prior NSF results Slide 37 Fastlane and other issues Register (contact your OSP Research Administrator) OSP can reset passwords if youve forgotten yours. Formatting Must follow GPG unless solicitation says otherwise OSP does get proposals returned for non-compliance Biosketches, font too small, publications non-compliance, collaborators not complete Project summary in first person, intellectual merit / broader impacts not separately presented. Slide 38 OSP resources **NSF proposal checklist ( / forms) Amy Deppa (e - apps) Amy Graves (CAS, FALK) Meghan MacBlane (iSchool) Caroline McMullin (Maxwell, SoE) Stuart Taub (LCSmith)


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