Insights from Inside IOS (I3)

March 7, 2022

We’re starting a series of blog posts designed to give you the inside scoop on the thoughts of Program Directors (PDs) within IOS. We’re calling this series “Insights from Inside IOS” or “I3.” 

The purpose of the series is to discuss a variety of subjects related to submitting grant proposals to NSF – some of which may be covered in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) or other process documents  – but in a less formal tone. We hope to provide you little nuggets of wisdom that may improve your future submissions.

As new rotating PDs come into IOS and permanent PDs continue to interact with the PI community, there are moments when we think, “This tip would be great to share!” So now we’re going to share these thoughts out loud. Well, not really out loud, they are going to be typed in the blog, but you get the point. Don’t worry, report outs on Virtual Office Hours, notice of solicitation updates and more in-depth features on new or noteworthy solicitations aren’t going away; the blog will feature both! And there will always be good information about particular solicitations or priorities covered in Virtual Office Hours (upcoming schedule and link to register for sessions) and you can always reach out to PDs with questions; we’re here to help. 

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