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NSF Merit Review System and Grant Writing

March 11, 2020 1:30 PM  to 
March 11, 2020 5:00 PM
Portland, OR

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This event takes participants on a journey through the National Science Foundation Merit Review system. Participants will be introduced to the structure of NSF and the path that proposals take from pre-submission through award or decline. In small groups, participants will review brief proposal summaries and reflect on their Intellectual Merit, and Broader Impact. They will also reflect on possible funding opportunities. Participants gain insight into writing a good review as well as how to improve their own proposals.  The session will include tips for writing strong proposals and an invitation to review proposals for NSF.  You are invited to register here for the session: 

Presenters are current NSF program officers and scientific staff from Education and Human Resources (EHR), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Rollins (PhD Computer Science, University of California at Santa Barbara) is also a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of San FranciscoShe has previously presented versions of this event at several conferences and institutions of higher education. Yang (PhD Computer Science, Florida International University) is also a Professor at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and former director of the UTC InfoSec Center. Butler (Sc.B. Physics, Brown University) has expertise in program data visualization. Audience feedback has been positive. 


This session will be held as a Pre-Symposium event at the SIGCSE Computer Science Education conference in Portland, Oregon

Meeting Type
Outreach, Workshop

Li Yang, (703) 292-2677, email:
Sami Rollins, 703-292-7133, email:
John Butler, (703) 292-7768, email:

Related Agencies
Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education

NSF Related Organizations
Division of Undergraduate Education