Grant Proposal Guide 03-041
Grant Proposal Guide
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. Proposal Preparation Instructions
III. NSF Proposal Processing and Review
IV. WIthdrawals, Returns and Declinations
V. The Award and Continued Support
VI. Grant Administration Highlights
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F



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General information about NSF programs may be found in the NSF Guide to Programs. Additional information about special requirements of individual NSF programs may be obtained from the appropriate Foundation program offices. Information about most program deadlines and target dates for proposals appears in the NSF E-Bulletin, an electronic publication available at Program deadline and target date information also appears in individual program announcements and solicitations and on relevant NSF Divisional Websites. A listing of all upcoming deadlines, sorted by date and by program area is available on the NSF Website.

NSF generally utilizes grants in support of research and education in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. In cases where assistance projects require substantial NSF technical or managerial involvement during the performance period, NSF uses cooperative agreements. While this Guide is generally applicable to both types of assistance awards, cooperative agreements may include different or additional requirements.

Informal information about NSF activities can be obtained on the Grants Bulletin Board. To make arrangements to access the bulletin board, send your e-mail address along with your complete name, address and telephone number to

For detailed information about the award and administration of NSF grants and cooperative agreements, proposers and grantees may refer to the NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM), available electronically on the NSF Website. The Manual is a compendium of basic NSF policies and procedures for use by the grantee community and NSF staff.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

NSF programs fall under the following categories in the latest Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) issued by the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration:

47.041 -- Engineering Grants

47.049 -- Mathematical and Physical Sciences

47.050 -- Geosciences

47.070 -- Computer and Information Science and Engineering

47.074 -- Biological Sciences

47.075 -- Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

47.076 -- Education and Human Resources

47.078 -- Office of Polar Programs

A listing of NSF Divisions, by CFDA number, is available on the NSF Website.