How to write the Prior NSF Support section of your DEB proposal?

The Results from Prior NSF Support section of your proposal is intended to help reviewers evaluate the quality and outcomes of work conducted with prior or current NSF funding. This is included in the Project Description of any proposal as required by the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). As with all proposal submissions, be sure you follow any solicitation-specific instructions that may deviate from the PAPPG.

Results of Prior Support is commonly a short section but must be included for all PIs or co-PIs who have received prior NSF support regardless of whether the support was directly related to the proposal. Reportable support includes:

  1. NSF awards with an end date in the past 5 years
  2. current NSF funding, including no-cost extensions
  3. salary funded by NSF
  4. Graduate Research Fellowship, Major Research Instrumentation, conference, equipment, travel, and center awards, etc.

If you or any co-PIs have received more than one award, only include the award that is most closely related to the proposal for each person.

What kind of information should be included in the Results from Prior Support section?

  1. NSF award number, amount, and period of support.
  2. Title of the project.
  3. Summary of the results of the completed work, including accomplishments supported by the award. The results must be separately described under two distinct headings: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. Do not describe the project’s goals; jump right to describing its results.
  4. List of the publications from the NSF award (a complete bibliographic citation for each publication must be provided either in this section or in the References Cited section of the proposal).
  5. If this is a new award and/or no published results exist, then simply, state “No publications have been produced under this award to date.”
  6. Evidence of research products and their public availability, including, but not limited to, data, publications, samples, physical collections, software, and models as described in the Data Management Plan associated with the award. Deposition of samples, data and/or data products must be done in recognized, accessible, and community-accepted repositories.

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