Solicitation: NSF 16-585

Letter of Intent to ORD: 8/26/16

Agency Due Date: September 20, 2016
Institutional Limit: 1
Limit Summary:

An organization may participate in no more than one PPO proposal submitted to this solicitation. For collaborative proposals involving multiple institutions, the proposal should be submitted by only one institution, with funding for participating institutions made through subawards. Proposals should not be submitted as separately submitted collaborative proposals. See GPG Chapter II.D.5.a for additional information.

 General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page)

Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title

Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.

Unique Aspects:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.

Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.

Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the NSF.  NSF funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 

Justification for NSF support: One paragraph explaining why this research fits with the RFP and strategic goals of NSF. 



Problem statement : Clear and concise statement of 1) research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s); 2) what technical barriers need to be overcome to perform the research; and 3) how the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.

Conceptual framework: Conceptual framework describing, for example, how the synthesis of various project components, approaches, and participant expertise are linked together to address the problem of interest.  Graphics may be used.

Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.

Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research. (Remember your initial motivation for wanting to do this!)

Peer Groups: Who else is doing something similar, why their discoveries are useful for you, and what discriminates you.

Broader Impact/Metrics for Success: What metrics are the most appropriate for evaluating the success of the proposed project (e.g., peer-reviewed papers, policy-directed efforts, databases, models, development of new resources, etc.)? If successful, who would most likely use the knowledge or tools developed?

Fundraising:  List any matching fund requests, industry commitments etc.  List any similar current proposals pending.


Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.

Reviewer 1: Area of expertise




State why you think this person would be a good reviewer.


Submit electronically as a PDF document to:

Friday, August 26, 2016
Date Open: 
Thursday, July 14, 2016
National Science Foundation