National Science Foundation Day: September 21

Posted on 8/12/2011 2:54:45 PM

The National Science Foundation and Indiana University of Pennsylvania will hold a one-day workshop on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Kovalchick Center.

This workshop (agenda below) is primarily designed for researchers and educators less experienced in proposing to the NSF; however, more experienced proposers and NSF grantees may well find the workshop useful and informative. It is NSF’s hope that events such as this will stimulate new interest in NSF programs at institutions that have not been among NSF’s traditional customers, as well as at premier research institutions. With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion dollars, the NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. It will cover the NSF proposal and merit review process and NSF programs that cut across disciplines. Additionally, representatives from the seven NSF directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering and the Office of Integrative Activities will make presentations on their programs and will also be available informally and in breakout sessions for discussions of potential research proposals.

Important Registration Information for IUP Faculty

Please do not use the IUP conference registration website, as this site will require you to make a nonrefundable payment. Instead, please complete the attached registration form and send it to no later than September 13. The School of Graduate Studies and Research and the IUP Research Institute will pay the registration fee for IUP faculty members who send their registration forms before the deadline. We will not be able to reimburse IUP faculty who register via the conference website.


  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. — Registration  
  • 8:30–8:45 a.m. — Welcoming Remarks  
  • 8:45–9:30 a.m. — Introduction to NSF – The Basics  
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. — NSF Proposal and Merit Review Process (video)  
  • 10:30–10:45 a.m. — Break  
  • 10:45–11:30 a.m. — Cross-Disciplinary Programs  
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. — International Programs  
  • 12:15–1:30 p.m. — Lunch  
  • 1:30–3:00 p.m. — Concurrent Directorate Sessions: 
    • Biological Sciences
    • Computer and Information Science and Engineering 
    • Education and Human Resources  
    • Engineering  
    • Geosciences  
    • Mathematical and Physical Sciences Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences  
  • 3:00–3:15 p.m. — Break  
  • 3:15–4:30 p.m. — Proposal Preparation 101 or Continuation of Directorate Sessions 
  • 4:30 p.m. — Adjourn