Inquiries regarding the National Science Foundation [NSF] awards, funding, and support opportunities and procedures in all areas of science and engineering

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Error on FastLane (NSF) letter of Reference System for the NSFPF

The NSF postdoctoral application is due in less than 2 weeks and I am trying to send out invitations for my reference letters. However, for the past week (on fastlane.gov) I have gotten the same ...
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Why are grant indirect costs so high?

I am preparing an NSF grant proposal in mathematics. I am requesting summer salary and a travel budget (and not much else), and after I compute the total I have to add an extra 50% of it and add it as ...
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NSF postdoctoral fellowship eligibility requirements

I am about to receive my PhD and would like to apply for an NSF postdoctoral fellowship. I have two questions about the eligibility requirements that I haven't been able to find the answers to ...
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Acknowledging a single funding source: do I say “partially supported”?

I wrote my first academic paper recently (it is in math). I need to put a footnote crediting the NSF for funding. I have noticed that papers almost always say "Partially supported by [grant]". I got ...
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Is it possible to obtain feedback from a declined NSF postdoctoral fellowship?

I applied for a NSF post doctoral fellowship in mathematics last fall...and I got rejected. Is it possible to obtain any feedback from NSF or from the reviewers?
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NSF Proposals: numerical citations or author-year?

I'm preparing an NSF proposal. I ordinarily like author-year citations because they seem more scholarly and give the reviewer instant information about who(m) I am citing. However, multiple people ...
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For NSF proposal and grant purposes, do graduate students meet the definition of “investigator”?

I recently received an email from a department administrator that NSF rules have been changed (link here), such that all investigators must fill out a conflict of interest (COI) form. They then go on ...
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Academic Statement of Purpose vs NSF Personal Statement

Beyond the obvious, that the NSF Fellowship Personal Statement is "Why am I good for the NSF," and the Academic Statement of Purpose on a graduate school application is "Why grad school and why grad ...
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Will I be allowed to reapply for a mathematics NSF postdoc next year after declining one this year?

I am a mathematics PhD student in the US graduating this year. I recently received a very good 3 year postdoc offer in Europe, which I have to accept or decline in early December. Not being a big risk ...
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NSF graduate fellowship: how specific should the statement of purpose be?

Several of the students who have come to my group as summer students are planning to submit NSF graduate fellowship applications in the coming weeks. However, one question that I am not sure about is ...
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What exactly is an “unpublished paper”?

In applying to the NSF postdoctoral fellowship for mathematics, the instructions include the following paragraph for the biographical sketch: A list of: (i) up to five products most closely ...
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What are evaluation criteria for NSF postdoctoral fellowships?

I am currently working on applying for an NSF postdoctoral fellowship and I was wondering if anyone had insight into the following questions: Is it practical to have a proposed research project that ...
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How will the 2013 US government shutdown affect NSF postdoc applications?

Does anyone know if there will still be NSF postdocs offered (the current deadline is the 16th), given that the NSF website is currently down due to the government shutdown in the US? Also, in case ...
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NSF grant proposals after earning PhD

I am a fresh mathematics Ph.D who has begun a three year postdoc at University X. I applied for an NSF postdoctoral grant last year with University Y (with Y not equal to X) and did not get it. This ...
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What sections should I include in the Project Description section of my NSF grant proposal?

I am a Ph.D. student, and I am writing my first proposal to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for a research grant in the field of chemistry. One thing that I have found very confusing is ...
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FOIA request for full NSF awards proposal and report

Related to this question on mathoverflow… Indeed, I just found out that to see full proposal or later reports. One needs to file a FOIA request, as described here. So I am curious if anyone has done ...
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Are there any changes in NSF proposals/awards processes that are likely to be of special interest/relevance to PIs?

The NSF has recently released a new version of their Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide, releasing their previous guides. (See their Dear Colleague Letter.) This contains a number of ...
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How exactly does submitting an interdisciplinary NSF fellowship proposal affect your chances at winning it?

I've received differing answers from many people on this. I'm proposing a planetary atmospheres project and while I'm submitting it to Geosciences - Climate Dynamics, I'll also probably include ...
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How do the “proposed research” essays of those who win NSF Fellowships compare with those who don't win NSF Fellowships?

I just looked at the research proposals of a few people who failed to win the NSF Fellowship, and they actually scare me a bit. I know that the NSF cares about Broader Impact a lot, and that is where ...
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NSF sponsoring scientist already having postdocs under their supervision

This question seems reasonably focused and of interest, but is perhaps unanswerable. I'm a mathematics student graduating and would like to apply for the NSF postdoctoral fellowship. I wanted to know ...
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Are NSF RUI proposals evaluated separately or are they evaluated against the general pool for that program/division/directorate?

I am preparing to write and submit a grant proposal to the US National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program. This will be my first submission to ...
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How does the US National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding system work?

Sometimes here on Academia I read messages referring to American National Science Foundation (NSF), "the USA agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of ...
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What are some good practices for applying to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program?

Is it possible if I could get 4 letters of recommendation? How far in advance should I notify those who are writing my letters? Does activity on sites like Quora, Stack Exchange, and Reddit's ...