NSF Grant Proposal Documents

The components listed below are common documents required for each NSF proposal submission. Current NSF Proposal Preparation Instructions are outlined in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 18-1. Note: Requirements are subject to change depending on the specific NSF Program Solicitation so, it is very important to read through the preparation and submission instructions each time.

  • Project Summary (1 page)
  • Project Description (Small and Medium proposals, up to 15 pages; Large proposals, up to 20 pages)
  • References Cited
  • Biographical Sketch (2 pages)
  • Budget and Budget Justification
  • Current and Pending Support
  • Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources
  • Data Management Plan (2 pages)
  • Collaboration Plan (if applicable; Medium and Large proposals, up to 2 pages)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan (if applicable; 1 page)
  • Letter(s) of Collaboration (if applicable; use NSF recommended format)
  • Collaborators & Other Affiliations (COA) Information