National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposals

NSF proposals contain several components. Below are templates you can use to help you draft certain sections of your NSF proposal. Please note that some program solicitations have specific requirements that may differ from these templates; please make sure to carefully review the program guidelines.

NSF Budget Template

Please make a copy to edit this template.


NSF Budget Justification Template

Please make a copy to edit this template.


NSF Collaborators & Other Affiliations Template 

Please keep this document in the Excel format when editing and saving.


NSF Biographical Sketch Template

NSF offers two options for completing the Biosketch, the SciENcv and the NSF Fillable PDF.  We have provided brief explanations of each, and you can review each to determine which you prefer to use.

Option #1: SciENcv

SciENcv Template – Revised May 1, 2020
NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of the biographical sketch section of an NSF proposal. SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the biographical sketch. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.

Other SciENcv Biographical Sketch Resources

Option #2: NSF Fillable PDF

NSF Fillable PDF Template – for use with proposals submitted or due prior to October 4, 2021
NSF Fillable PDF Template – for use with proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021
NSF provides a fillable PDF for use in preparation of the biographical sketch. Proposers should download and save the blank PDF document prior to adding content. NSF recommends both Mac and Windows users open and fill in the blank PDF document using Adobe Acrobat Reader for an optimized experience. The completed and saved PDF can then be uploaded via FastLane, Research.gov, or Grants.gov.

Other NSF Biographical Sketch Resources


NSF Current & Pending Support Template

NSF offers two options for completing the Current & Pending Support document, the SciENcv and the NSF Fillable PDF.  We have provided brief explanations of each, and you can review each to determine which you prefer to use.

Option #1: SciENcv

SciENcv Template – Revised May 1, 2020
NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of the current and pending support section of an NSF proposal. SciENcv will produce NSF-compliant PDF versions of the current & pending support format. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.

Other SciENcv Current & Pending Support Resources

Option #2: NSF Fillable PDF

NSF Fillable PDF Template – for use with proposals and project reports submitted or due prior to October 4, 2021
NSF Fillable PDF Template – for use with proposals and project reports submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021
NSF provides a fillable PDF of the current & pending support format. Proposers should download and save the blank PDF document prior to adding content. NSF recommends both Mac and Windows users open and fill in the blank PDF document using Adobe Acrobat Reader for an optimized experience. The completed and saved PDF can then be uploaded via FastLane, Research.gov, or Grants.gov. Note: Please do not delete any pages in the fillable pdf.

Other NSF Current & Pending Support Resources


Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The NSF program officer can provide more details about how best to present your case in the proposal.
  • Faculty planning to apply to NSF should thoroughly review the NSF program solicitation, along with the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). In cases where the specific program solicitation offers different guidance from the PAPPG, the solicitation trumps the PAPPG.
  • Please submit drafts of your complete narrative and budget to the Office of Foundation & Corporate Relations (FCR) at least two weeks before the proposal deadline.
  • Remember, the more assistance you need, the further in advance the FCR office needs to know about your project!