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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.

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 videos

Thinking of applying for Phase I funding? Check out our videos covering program basics and tips and tricks for submitting a proposal. (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 application, take a look at our FastLane guide. This way, once the next solicitation opens, you’ll be ready to craft your application.


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