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Grant Proposal Preparation Resources

Have an idea for a project that may fit within NSF's Advanced Technological Education program?  The resources below may be helpful in turning that idea into a fundable grant proposal.

Upcoming ATE proposal deadlines (due by 5:00pm submitter's local time):
October 14, 2021
October 6, 2022
October 5, 2023


NSF logoNational Science Foundation

ATE Program Solicitation

The ATE program solicitation (AKA "RFP", or Request For Proposals) describes the current ATE grant opportunities and proposal requirements.

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

For anything not covered explicitly in the program solicitation, the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) is the authoritative source on what should and should not go into a proposal to NSF and how it should be presented.  (If the solicitation and the PAPPG differ, the solicitation should be followed.)

NSF Merit Review Process

NSF's merit review process is often referred to as the "gold standard" for vetting research proposals, and any proposal submitted will need to go through that process to be funded.  This section from NSF's Awards Management office explains the review process in detail, and can give valuable insights into what happens after a proposal is submitted and some of the factors that affect whether it is funded.

NSF Advanced Technological Education Program

The home page for ATE on the NSF website includes contact information for the ATE Program Officers, both for the program as a whole and for specific subject areas.


Cross-Cutting ATE Projects

These ATE-funded projects support current and prospective ATE grantees.

Mentor-Connect logoMentor-Connect

Mentor-Connect provides current and relevant information, instruction, feedback, and links to resources that are augmented by peer mentoring to stimulate the engagement of STEM educators with, broaden participation in, and develop a next generation of leadership for ATE for the advancement of technician education to support our nation’s economy. Mentor-Connect effectively supports a cycle of talent development, engaging those with experience as mentors for those who will gain experience and become mentors to others in the future.  Of particular note is the Mentor-Connect Resource Library, which offers a wealth of excellent materials for both potential and new ATE grantees.

MentorLinks logoMentorLinks

MentorLinks is designed to help colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in STEM fields through mentoring, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance; to establish connections for colleges to identify new ideas and relationships through networking opportunities at program meetings and Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Conferences; and to help colleges gain insight about support for building and sustaining new programs.

EvaluATE logoEvaluATE

EvaluATE is the evaluation resource center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program, providing webinars, resource materials, workshops, and opportunities for ATE community members to engage around issues related to evaluation.


Other Resources

DMPTool logoDMPTool

DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans. These plans, or DMPs, are now required by many funding agencies as part of the grant proposal submission process. The DMPTool provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements. It also has direct links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and resources for best practices surrounding data management.

NABI logoNational Alliance for Broader Impacts

All grant proposals submitted to NSF must address two key elements:  the intellectual merit of the proposed project and its potential for broader impacts.  The NABI is an NSF-funded effort that focuses on understanding and contextualizing the wide-scale impacts of scientific research and education. NABI was founded in 2014 with co-funding from by the Divisions of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences and Emerging Frontiers in the Directorate for Biological Sciences and by the Division of Chemistry in the Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation.

NCES logoNational Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.