Section I. Introduction to Preparation of Proposals


Proposals to most programs may be submitted at any time. Proposers should allow up to 6 months for review and processing. Some programs set target dates or deadlines for submission of proposals to allow time for their consideration by advisory committees or specially assembled review panels which meet periodically. These target dates and deadlines are published in the NSF Bulletin and in specific program announcements and solicitations. They are also available on STIS. Proposals received on or before the target date or postmarked on or before the deadline date will be accepted for review. Inquiry about submission may also be made to the appropriate program office. Every effort is made to reach a decision and inform the proposer promptly. However, until an award is made, NSF is not responsible for any expenditures incurred by the proposing organization.