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NSF Grants & Funding Executive Reports

NSF Criteria: Communicate Your Broader Impacts Successfully

The concept of “broader impacts” is tricky for most researchers to understand — much less communicate it effectively in their NSF grant proposals. The agency even admits that broader impacts is a tough concept for researchers. Read More.

5 Key Grant-Writing Tactics for Getting Your Science Funded

You already have a great research idea, and now you just have to get it funded. Writing convincing, compelling and competitive proposals is an indispensable skill for every scientist. With only 1 in 5 grants receiving NIH or NSF awards, you need every available tool to get the grant you deserve. Read More.

NIH vs. NSF: A Comparison & Guide for Biomedical Researchers Seeking Grants

This thorough special report takes a closer look at each of these funding agencies, their missions, size, budgets and scopes of operation, so you can gain a clear understanding of the criteria they use and steps they follow when choosing the projects they fund. Read More.

How to Write a Winning NSF Proposal

Addressing Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts in your NSF grant application is the crucial element to drafting not only a proposal that reviewers will view favorably, but also one that the agency won’t return to you without even reviewing it.  Read More.

Intellectual Property and Patents

How do you go from a discovery in your laboratory to intellectual property (IP) on a balance sheet? It’s trickier than many would guess. A scientist might assume something isn’t IP when it very well might be, or just the reverse.  Read More.

Prepare a More Competitive MRI Grant Application

The competition is fierce for NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grants. The complex proposal format is significantly different from the standard research grant application, and you need every increment of improvement that you can get. If you don’t address those key differences in your MRI application, your funding request will be shot down before it even gets started. Read More.

Complying With RCR Training Requirements

In an effort to demonstrate their continued commitment to ethics instruction, the NSF and NIH have mandated that institutions develop a plan for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) instruction. Read More.

Research Paper Authorship

As you consider publishing, when is not nearly as important as why, experts say. You should always publish promptly, of course, and there may be rare extenuating circumstances when you must publish before you feel you’re fully ready. But experts generally agree that the decision on when to get your results into print should be driven by the science — not simply your desire to see your name in the high-end journals as often as possible. 
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Export Controls & Academic Research: Know Your Compliance Responsibilities

Export controls may seem to concern only businesses and shipping firms that send products and technologies overseas. But academic research plays an integral role — and your institution could easily come under fire for violating these laws if you don’t have strict compliance procedures in place. Read More.