Section I. Introduction to Preparation of Proposals

A. The Proposal

The proposal should present the (1) objectives and scientific or educational significance of the proposed work; (2) suitability of the methods to be employed; (3) qualifications of the investigator and the grantee organization; (4) effect of the activity on the infrastructure of science, engineering, and education in these areas; and (5) amount of funding required. It should present the merits of the proposed project clearly and should be prepared with the care and thoroughness of a paper submitted for publication. Sufficient information should be provided that reviewers will be able to evaluate the proposal in accordance with the four merit-review criteria established by the National Science Board (see Section III). As a matter of convenience, a checklist is provided at Appendix B, to assure that proposals are complete before submission to NSF.