National Science Foundation (NSF)

Last updated: April 6, 2021

About the NSF

NSF's goals—discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship--provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens, build the nation's research capability through investments in advanced instrumentation and facilities, and support excellence in science and engineering research and education through a capable and responsive organization.

Recent Key Policies/Changes

September 2020

NSF is now taking steps to move all proposal submissions from FastLane to with a tentative target date by 2022.

In the coming weeks and months, NSF will begin making changes to specific funding opportunities to require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will soon require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to its core programs that do not have deadline dates.

NSF funding opportunities will clearly specify whether submission via is available or required. Please keep a lookout for this and if any questions, please see your contract administrator.

May 2020

Important changes have been made to the NSF PAPPG 20-1 that go into effect June 1, 2020. Please see MIT Specific Guidance - Proposal Preparation Checklists for more information.

February 2019

Important revisions have been made to the Resumption of Operations at NSF page on the NSF website, including identification of new deadline dates for specific solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters.

January 2019