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For applicants

If you’re interested in applying for funding, we encourage you to watch our videos, join us at an event, or reach out directly to our program directors to learn more about the program and what we hope to see in your proposal.

Project Pitch

Wondering if your idea is a good fit? Submit your Project Pitch and find out in three weeks.

Review Guidelines

Read the Peer Review Guidelines to determine if your proposal fits the merit review or broader impacts criteria that we use to make funding decisions.

Q&A webinars

Thinking of applying for Phase I funding? Ask all your application-related questions during our Q&A webinars. Can’t make it to a webinar? Watch a recorded webinar about the Project Pitch Pilot. (We offer a PDF version of program basics, too.)

Startup profiles

Get to know our awardees better — we’ve got video profiles of startups and small businesses that have received NSF funding.

FastLane guide

Before you start your proposal, take a look at our FastLane guide.


Have lingering questions? Visit our FAQ, which covers the pre-application process to post-award reporting (and everything in between).