Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (NSF
Frequently Asked Questions - Revised
Q: Is there a limit to the amount of funds I can request for my proposal?
A: There is no official limit. The budget for this initial round is $1.5 million,
and the program expects to make around 5 to 12 awards, with amounts not exceeding
$300,000. Investigators should be aware that if they submit proposals with
requests that far exceed that amount, reviewers and NSF program officials may
question the feasibility of their doing the project with much less funding.
Q: Can funds be used for graduate stipends or tuition waivers?
A: Yes, EESE proposals may request support in all the usual NSF budget categories.
Q: What organizations are eligible to apply?
A: Accredited U.S. colleges or universities and U.S. professional associations
are eligible. Professional associations include non-profit organizations like
science or engineering societies and educational consortia. Trade associations
and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are not professional associations,
and are not eligible to apply. Trade associations and NGOs may be involved
as sub-awardees or in consultant or advisory roles in proposals.
Q: Can two or more organizations submit a proposal together?
A: Yes. There are two ways to do this. One organization may submit a single
proposal, in which a single award is being requested, with sub-awards administered
by the lead organization. Alternatively, the organizations may simultaneously
submit the proposal, with each organization requesting a separate award. Section
II.D.3 of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) describes these collaborative
proposals more fully and includes instructions for their submission; see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/nsf04_23/2.jsp#IID3.
There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may
be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.
Q: At my university, the College of Arts and Sciences wants to submit a proposal,
and the College of Engineering wants to submit a separate proposal. Are both
A: No. If we receive both, we will notify you and you will have a week from
notification to select one and notify NSF. If one is not selected, they both
will be returned without review.
Q: Will proposals addressing medical or biomedical ethics be considered?
A: No, the EESE program will not consider proposals focused on ethics for
medical students or in medical education. EESE will not consider proposals
that will start or provide incremental improvements to formal or informal educational
activities responsive to Federal mandates for research integrity or human-subjects
Q: I have not incorporated a plan to test the educational activities in my
project at another institution. Will my proposal be eligible for consideration?
A: Yes, it will be eligible. But panelists will be asked to keep in mind the
criterion of testing at another institution in evaluating the submissions.
Q: What needs to be included in the Project Summary?
A: The Project Summary must clearly address, in separate statements within
the one-page limit, both the broader impacts and the intellectual merit. Proposals
that do not address both merit-review criteria in separate statements in the
project summary will be returned without review. The broader impacts must also
be addressed in the Project Description and described as an integral part of
the narrative. See the NSF Grant Proposal Guide at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg.
Q: Will you enforce the page limits on proposals?
Q: Do citations and references count against the project-description page
A: No. They should be included in the References Cited section of the proposal
Q: Can I request an extension of time to submit a proposal?
Q: What if FastLane or my university computer is unavailable on a submission
A: Please avoid this problem by submitting early. If you choose not to submit
until the last minute, it is at your own risk.
Q: What if there is an earthquake, fire or other disaster?
A: Please contact Matt Bauer, on the EESE management team immediately, at
email@example.com. We will make determinations on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Can a project include developing a Web site (or augmenting an existing one)?
A: Yes, provided that the work performed is in line with the objectives set
out in the announcement. Proposals solely to develop or expand Web sites are
unlikely to be competitive. Competitive proposals would incorporate Web-site
development (if that is an aspect of their plans) with other outreach and dissemination
Q: Can a project propose to create an ethics-training program that leads to
a graduate degree?
A: Yes, provided that there is a clearly stated plan to test the program’s
feasibility at more than one institution.