The two primary mechanisms for submitting proposals to NSF are through solicitations or to core programs. Core programs are standing programs that accept unsolicited proposals across the range of engineering disciplines. In ENG, these core programs have had annual or semi-annual submission windows but, effective August 15, 2018, will accept unsolicited proposals at any time throughout the year. See below for more information.
For years, applicants have applied for federal grants by submitting a package of PDF forms. But on Dec. 31, 2017, Grants.gov will officially retire the legacy PDF package as a method to apply for a federal grant. Why? There’s now a fast, easy, and secure alternative to apply for federal grants called Workspace.
Grants.gov Workspace is an online environment optimized for applicants who are collaborating on an application. Forms can either be completed online within a web browser or downloaded individually and uploaded to Workspace. Applicants who have already made the switch say Workspace is saving them time and making the application process easier.
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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
January 1, 2017: Effective January 1, 2017, NIH closeout policy has changed (see NOT-OD-17-022 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-022.html). NIH is no longer accepting Final Progress Reports (FPR). Grantees must now report final project outcomes using the new F-RPPR. For instructions on how to submit the new F-RPPR please see instructions on the NIH RPPR Page https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/index.htm.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
June 2018 - NSF has announced through a Dear Colleague letter that it will be removing deadlines for unsolicited proposals to core Engineering programs CBET, CMMI, EEC, and ECCS as of August 15, 2018. This means that all core programs will accept proposals at any time throughout the year. This does NOT apply to solicitations such as CAREER, Energy Research Centers, SBIRs, etc. See 18-082 letter and associated FAQs 18-083.
January 29, 2018 - NSF's new Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) goes into effect. For a PDF or HTML version, see https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf18001
December 12, 2017 - NSF's latest newsletter outlines the new PAPPG PLUS the move for proposal submission from Fastlane to Research.gov beginning in April 2018. See https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/newsletter/dec_2017.pdf.
Department of Energy (DOE)
Research Notes ORSP Newsletter archive