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Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Proposals: NSF and US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Opportunity for Collaborations in Materials Research (DMR 15-097)
Dear Colleague Letter – Optics and Photonics (NSF 14-091)
Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2016 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity (NSF 15-085)
Physical Scientist (Program Director), MPS/DMR, AD-1301-04 (Closes: 11/20/2015)
Submission Window for Unsolicited Proposals
Starting in 2009, the window for submitting unsolicited proposals to DMR begins on September 1 and ends on October 31, annually. If the closing date for the submission window falls on a weekend, the closing date moves to the following Monday. The last date of the submission window is an absolute deadline date and proposals must be received by NSF by 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on that date.
The submission window applies to unsolicited proposals submitted to DMR programs, except for the following which may be submitted at any time during the year: Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID), EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), proposals for workshops or conferences, proposals to the DMR National Facilities Program, and supplements to existing grants. For proposals submitted in response to special announcements or solicitations, the deadline dates specified in the announcement or solicitation apply.
We strongly advise Principal Investigators and Sponsored Research Offices to submit early and avoid a last-minute rush, which can cause problems in timely and correct transmission to NSF. Proposals that have formatting problems or are otherwise non-compliant with the Grant Proposal Guide, http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg, can usually be corrected and resubmitted within the same window if received early; there may be no time to do that for proposals submitted close to the deadline date.
DMR discourages the submission across all DMR's programs of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator (as PI or co-PI) during the DMR Annual proposal-submission window each fall.
For more information about DMR proposal submission, visit the DMR Proposals page.
For further information, please see http://www.nsf.gov/mps/dmr/diversity.jsp
MPS/DMR: Advice to PIs on Data Management
NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) that will require, in all proposals submitted , or due, on or after January 18, 2011, a supplementary document of no more than two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research. Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing the Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate. The goal is to provide clear, effective, and transparent implementation of the long-standing NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results.
Each Division within MPS has developed a set of information items to provide guidance to the communities served by that Division in preparing a Data Management Plan that will meet the goals of the NSF plan. For more information on the policy and process click here.
For the NSF FAQs on this subject, click here.
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