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
https://www.nsf.gov/home/ebulletin/. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.