The following resources will help you understand what documents are required for each of these federal agencies but also guidelines for writing a high-quality proposal. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to any of these agencies, please contact an EHE grant manager – Michael Moses or Shawna Davis.
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Institute for Education Sciences (IES)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- USDA NIFA
Register for a NSF Account
Register for an NSF Account to Begin Using FastLane and Research.gov
This resource provides guidance on how to create and account, move your account from one organization to another, manage your account, and many other functions.
How to Add or Remove Other Authorized Users (OAU) to Research.gov
This document shows a Principal Investigator how to add your sponsored program officer (OSP) or grant manager to the proposal so they can access the proposal and submit it on your behalf.
Proposal Development Guides
Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
Provides general information about the National Science Foundation. Includes guidance on proposal preparation and submission. Also lists information on awards, administration and monitoring of grants, and cooperative agreements.
NSF Proposal Toolkit
Learn more about NSF’s funding opportunities in education and explore resources to help you in the proposal preparation, submission, and review process. The toolkit was developed by CADRE, a network for STEM education researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s Discovery Research preK-12 (DRK-12) program.
- 5 Tips for Your Broader Impacts Statement
How does your research impact society? Researchers funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation are accountable to taxpayers for conducting research, and collectively moving their research beyond the lab to impact the public good, thereby benefitting the economy, society and discovery itself. This is what NSF defines as “Broader Impacts.”
- Dear Colleague Letter: A Broader Impacts Framework for Proposals Submitted to NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)
Some SBE proposal writers have asked for additional guidance on how to articulate the broader impacts for their research. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) responds to these requests by offering a framework that SBE researchers can use to develop and communicate their projects’ broader impacts more effectively. This “broader impacts framework” in no way alters NSF’s existing criteria ‒ rather, it offers guidance on how to consider and convey broader impacts in ways that are easier for others to understand.
- Broadening Participation in STEM Research Brief
This brief, from the NSF INCLUDES National Network, shares evidence-based strategies for improving equity and inclusion of individuals in underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
- Brief on Broadening Participation
Broadening Participation-Making STEM Learning Relevant and Rigorous for All Students explores factors that contribute to opportunity gaps in STEM education based on race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and socioeconomic status. The brief showcases the work of several DR K-12 projects and describes promising approaches for removing barriers for underrepresented groups and enhancing the STEM learning of all students.
- Dissemination ToolkitThinking about how to best disseminate your work? This toolkit offers resources, tips, and strategies that may help. There are multiple ways to use this toolkit, depending on the stage of your project and your purposes for dissemination. We suggest three possible entry points: create an overall project communication plan, create a strategy for disseminating a specific product, and find resources specific to your dissemination approach and needs.
- NSF Biosketch – NSF requires a biographical sketch for each individual identified as senior personnel. The biographical sketch is currently limited to three pages and approved formats for creating biographical sketches may be found on this page.
- NSF Collaborators and Other Affiliations (Template) – NSF requires the use of the template linked on this page for identifying Collaborative and Other Affiliations Information (COA) information. The template has been developed to be fillable, but the content and format requirements must not be altered by as this will create printing and viewing errors.
- NSF Current and Pending Support – NSF requires information on all current and pending support for ongoing projects and proposals. Approved formats for submitting this information (including a helpful recorded webinar) may be found on this page.
IES FY2023 Funding Opportunities
Includes the IES Application Submission Guide which provides information on how to prepare and submit applications electronically. Provides steps to complete an FY2023 application.
Steps to Applying for IES Grants
Provides step by step guidance for the process of applying for IES grants. Includes deadlines, informative webinars and information regarding Letters of intent.
Proposal Development Guides
Writing a Winning Application—Write To Excite
Create a winning application by keeping its audience—your peer reviewers—in mind as you anticipate and address their questions about your project’s significance and innovation.
NIH All About Grants Podcast: Considerations for a Research Plan
In a new podcast, two program officers discuss how to develop a research plan for a grant application. They examine the difference between specific aims and research strategy and share common pitfalls.
Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your NIH Grant Application
Four new interactive tutorials on the basics of preparing, writing, and submitting your NIH application are available. Tutorials take between 4 to 11 minutes each to listen through, and you can easily jump ahead to chapters of interest, or navigate back to review something you’ve missed. These tutorials link to additional resources and transcripts.
Be a Fly on the Wall at an NIH Mock Study Session
What happens during a scientific review of a proposal? NIH has a video of a mock study session that shows what goes on behind the scenes.
NIH Annotated Form Sets
Provides documents to assist in understanding the business rule checks run against submitted applications. You MUST follow the instructions in your funding opportunity announcement and application guide, but these documents are a great visual resource for a quick reference.
NIH Proposal Page Limits
Lists the page limits for the attachments in your grant application, unless otherwise specified in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) or related NIH Guide notice.
NIH Other Support Guidance
Includes an example of NIH’s “Other Support” documentation.
- NIH Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions and Samples – NIH requires submission of a Biosketch for each proposed senior/key personnel and other significant contributor on a grant application. Some funding opportunities or programs may also request Biosketches for additional personnel. This page provides information on the required Biosketch format, and includes Biosketch examples.
- As NIH works toward the January 25, 2023 effective date of the new NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy, NIH released an optional DMS Plan format page that walks investigators through the Elements of a DMS Plan. A preview version of this format page is available now as a reference. A final, fillable version of this format page along with detailed instructions for preparing DMS Plans will be incorporated into the FORMS-H NIH Application Instructions.
- FORMS-H: Instructions, Forms, and a Handy Checklist
You must use FORMS-H forms for NIH grant applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2023. NIH forms and instructions have also been updated to support the new sharing requirements. This checklist will help you navigate the changes. See Writing a DMS Plan for the details on what to include in a Plan. Note that any costs to support data management and sharing should be accounted for in either the R&R Detailed Budget Form or the PHS 398 Modular Budget Form along with a brief justification of those costs. See Budgeting for DMS and the Application Instructions for details.
Proposal Development Guides
NIFA Application Guide
Provides guidance for the preparation and submission of NIFA grant applications via the Grants.gov system. This guide provides general information and references pertaining to the grant application process as well as NIFA-specific instructions and requirements.
NIFA Grant Writing Tips
Tip sheet to aid in the preparation of competitive grant proposals.
USDA Current & Pending Support – Application forms are required as part of the process for submitting proposals that request funding from NIFA. This page has templates for Conflicts of Interest, Project Summaries, Felony & Tax Delinquent Status, Current & Pending Support (additional guidance is included for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative applicants), Organizational Information (NIFA-666) and the Internal Confidentiality Agreement.