Early in the process, talk to the program officer of the program you are submitting to – the following documents include tips on talking to program officers.
5 Tips on How to Work with an NSF Program Officer
Are you an undergraduate student thinking about how to get funding for graduate school? An early-career researcher looking to launch your new lab? An established researcher with dozens of years of funding from NSF under your belt? Whatever the phase of your research career, it is a good idea to reach out to an NSF program officer as the first step in the application process.
Can We Talk? Contacting Grant Program Officers – Research Management Review, Fall/Winter 2009 — includes an email template for contacting program officers
Talk to Program Officers – Early and Often – inReview, EHE Office of Research Newsletter, Spring 2018
Tips For Contacting A Program Officer 08192013 – Marquette University, August 2013
Advice for Meeting NSF Directors – Richard Nader
Questions to Ask Potential Funding Agencies – Lori Kaser