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How should I write a proposal in which one of the PI does nothing?

Generally a funder won't provide funding to a project unless the host institute guarantees the grant holder will have a job for the length of the grant. Generally institutions will only do that if the ...
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How do massive research projects manage conflicts of interest?

As a mostly theoretical physicist with some peripheral involvement in very large experimental collaborations, I asked essentially this question of an NSF program officer a couple years ago. The ...
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How should I write a proposal in which one of the PI does nothing?

I agree with Dan that you should not try to misrepresent the role of the PI, but this raises a broader issue that you seem to have avoided with the premise of your question. Presumably the university ...
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How do massive research projects manage conflicts of interest?

The document does not imply what you say. In a section "Potentially Disqualifying Conflicts of Interest" you can see that the NSF can issue waivers. This is typical. Conflicts of interests ...
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Will the January 2018 government shut down affect the NSF postdoc awards?

The NSF recently changed its accounting practices, so that money for awards are committed all at once, rather than year-by-year. So, that means that the funding for your award should already have been ...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

You really can't know, and it's a waste of your mental energy to wonder too much about it. Most programs run multiple panels if there are too many proposals. Some proposals fit poorly into the program ...
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How do massive research projects manage conflicts of interest?

Your question seems misguided, it is not the research group that "handles" this conflict of interest. It's the funding body that will have to decide how to deal with potential conflicts of ...
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How far ahead does NSF recruit panelists for proposal review meetings?

Looking back at my records, I have had about a month and a half between my panel invitations and the panel dates. This timing is consistent across pre-COVID in-person panels and the remote panels and ...
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How should I write a proposal in which one of the PI does nothing?

You can either acknowledge in the proposal that the PI will do nothing and “he’s just there to satisfy the university's requirement”, or you can try to hide that fact with misleading language and ...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

You don't say what kind of grant. If it's a GRFP, there are hundreds of reviewers, and the odds of any given reviewer seeing any given grant are long. Further, if your prof is from your school, she ...
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Will the January 2018 government shut down affect the NSF postdoc awards?

Congrats on the NSF postdoc! As Brian Borchers' comment indicates, none of us can answer this question definitively, since we aren't the NSF (or the U.S. Congress for that matter). Arrangements for ...
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Why do funding agencies like the NSF not publish accepted grants?

Why do funding agencies like the NSF not publish accepted grants? Has the NSF ever published a justification for not publishing accepted proposals online? While it is correct in a technical ...
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The decoration of language in proposal writing

While not quite the systematic solution you are looking for (which I don't think exists) here are some ideas. This is a matter of knowing your audience and a matter of practice. I suggest that you do ...
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Is there a possibility that an NSF proposal recommended for funding might not be awarded the funds?

Research administrator here. I have received hundreds of NSF awards and have never seen one declined after recommendation of funding, however, they do reserve the right for several reasons (...
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How far ahead does NSF recruit panelists for proposal review meetings?

A NSF program officer reached out to me for a panel informally about two and a half months before the proposed panel meeting dates. The formal invitation (after I had confirmed, in response to the ...
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Should I leave out research in my NSF fellowship application if I'm not getting an LOR from the professor I worked with?

As someone who has reviewed applications for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program, it would definitely be weird to see someone talk extensively about a research project and then not have the ...
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Combine multiple major fellowships?

First of all - congratulations! To answer the question, the NSF provides specific advice on this question: May I accept or be paid from a private Foundation Fellowship? Supplementation to a ...
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NSF proposals: What exactly is wanted in the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact sections?

I suggest the first port of call for an explanation is with the NSF itself. For Broader Impacts, I would start with this Dear Colleague letter on the Broader Impacts Review Criterion. The NSF Grant ...
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Is it necessary to acknowledge a finished project?

The general rule is that you cite what you use. If the new work is based on an existing work known to the new author(s) then it should be cited. Beyond that, many (most?) papers also include a bit of ...
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Roughly what date do NSF Postdoc Fellowship announcements occur?

In 2020, the informal notifications were sent out on January 26 (a Friday). For 2021, the AMS says the NSF will try to complete the review by January 22. (Most departments will not require a response ...
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How bad is it to decline the NSF graduate fellowship?

There are no consequences to you if you decline the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. You did waste the reviewers' time. If you get the fellowship and do not get into your first choice PhD program, ...
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Can a postdoc apply for a standard NSF grant as a PI?

I work in theoretical mathematics. I have known several postdocs who have received individual NSF research grants. In fact, I am co-PI on a NSF Research Training Grant which has supported several ...
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Can a postdoc apply for a standard NSF grant as a PI?

To add to Pete’s excellent answer, you should also ask for help from your department - much more senior tenure track or tenured faculty often have just as much difficulty as you making sense of the ...
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NSF GRFP Application for a Rising Undergraduate Senior

In the US in neuroscience, most people apply for grad school without their own funding. Funding for your research is provided by your research advisor; in your area of interest this will likely come ...
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Is it possible to reallocate NSF funds from the graduating PhD student to support the postdoc?

You need to ask this question to NSF. Right now, you are risking an answer by a chatbot here that might give you unfounded legal advice.
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How portable are NSF grants between institutions and internationally?

I just participated in a NASA grant-writing workshop. This question came up there, too. The following rules apply for both NASA grants and for NSF grants. (I'm sure there are differences, but at least ...
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Why do funding agencies like the NSF not publish accepted grants?

I think the simplest way to address your question is to note that you have asked it upside down. Transparency is not the default option now, has not been in the past, and it is at least uncertain as ...
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How do applicants for an NSF fellowship come up with a research plan for the research statement part of the applications

Having reviewed GRFP applications, and gone through the NSF orientation sessions, I'd say it depends very much on the level of the applicant, but generally, literature reviews are not anywhere near ...
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Biographical Sketches in NSF Postdoc application

I would follow the specific directions. Trace the links back and you get to a full description of what they want. It's on pages II-14 and II-15 of this document: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/...
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