Simplifying the NSF Grant Proposal Process and Setting Yourself up for Success 



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Increase your chances of obtaining an NSF grant by learning what makes a successful proposal and how to navigate the application process.

Join us for a virtual training that will answer your most pressing questions about the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant process, a funding source that contributes over $8 billion annually to scientific research.  By learning how to navigate the application process, you can ensure that, along with the intellectual merit of your work, you’ve done all you can do to set yourself up for success.  We will cover key components of NSF grant proposals including 

  • What is the NSF and what types of research do they fund? 
  • Is the NSF the right source of funding for your research? 
  • What steps do you take to begin the process? 
  • What makes a good proposal? 

Who Should Attend

This webcast is best for any faculty researcher who does not have experience applying for NSF grants and who would like to understand the process better before applying. 


Part 1: Understanding the NSF 
As an introduction to the NSF, learn about the agency’s mission, organizational structure, various programs, and the types of research they fundIf the NSF is a good match for your research, you will learn how to locate the resources and information you may need before applying.  

Part 2: What makes a good proposal
Now that you understand what the NSF is and if it is a suitable source of funding for your research, you will begin a plan for your submission by learning about what your proposal should entail.  You will learn how to articulate the broader impact of your research and demonstrate intellectual merit.  

Part 3: What happens after your submission 
Submitting your proposal is just the beginning of the process.  In this sectionwe will discuss what to expect after you submit your proposal. You will learn tips on how to: 

  • Interpret reviews 
  • Meet continued deadlines 
  • Decide when to resubmit or give up on a proposal  


Portrait of Zaryab Iqbal

Zaryab Iqbal

The Pennsylvania State University 

Zaryab served as the Political Science (PS) and Security and Preparedness (SAP) Program Director at the National Science Foundation from 2018 to 2020. She was an Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at Penn State during the year 2016-2017 and was a Vice President of the International Studies Association until 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University, her M.A. from the University of Denver, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina. She is the author of War and the Health of Nations and State Failure in the Modern World. 

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