The Graduate School

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation requires electronic submission of proposals. The Office of Sponsored Programs will submit proposals to NSF using FastLane and

If this is your first time submitting to NSF, please register through If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact Sam Wolverton.

PAPPG Update

NSF has published the newest version of their Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, which will go into effect on June 1, 2020. In addition to a number of important changes and clarifications (a full list is available on NSF’s website), NSF now requires that the Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support sections be submitted using one of two NSF-approved formats: a fillable PDF available on NSF’s website and NIH’s SciENcv. Below you will find guidance, training, and templates for all the updates. If you have any questions, please contact or reach out to your assigned pre-award officer.

The video overview below, presented by OSP staff, covers a number of the changes made by the NSF. A slidedeck of the presentation is available for download.


The video tutorial below shows a complete walkthrough of creating both a Biographical Sketch and a Current and Pending Support section. Step-by-step instructions are also available for download. NSF has also published a set of SciENcv FAQs.

NSF Fillable PDFs

Proposal Preparation

Processes and Procedures

Templates and Samples

Below are various templates and samples for sections of an NSF proposal.