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FastLane Version

NOTE:  Effective January 29, 2018, there will be significant changes in the way that grant applications to the NSF are written and reviewed.  Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1)   A new edition of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook – NSF Version will be published and available for purchase mid-January, 2018. If you would like to be notified when the new version is available, please sign up for the NSF list using the form on the left side of our Blog page.   

The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook – NSF FastLane Version covers how applications to the National Science Foundation are prepared and reviewed. In particular, use of the same review criteria for Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts is demystified. Particular emphasis is placed on what constitutes an appropriate Broader Impacts activity.

Principles and fundamentals of good proposal writing are also emphasized, together with tips and strategies that kept the authors continuously funded throughout their research careers. The Workbook is interactive in the sense that examples are provided, after which the reader is asked to make a comparable response in his/her area of research interest. As each such response is made, the first draft of the application evolves. The Workbook’s contents can be sampled by clicking on the open-book icons at the right.