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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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 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 ...