Proposal Resources

Proposal / Application Preparation Timeline

To allow our office to best support applicants, we need notification at least 3 weeks before application deadline. To understand the steps involved with proposal preparation, please familiarize yourself with the RSO Proposal Timeline.

Research Intake Form (RIF)

National Science Foundation (NSF) Checklist & Common Parts of an NSF Proposal 

The NSF proposal checklist outlines essential items to consider when preparing your NSF proposal. For more detailed guidance on each component, please refer to the NSF webpage titled, PROPOSAL PREPARATION CHECKLIST.

The list below briefly outlines Common Parts of an NSF Proposal

  1. Project Summary
  2. Project Description
  3. References Cited
  4. Documents Required for Senior Personnel
  5. Proposed Budget and Justification
  6. Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources
  7. Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)
  8. Data Management Plan

Please note that while the checklist and common parts offer a comprehensive overview, they do not cover all proposal requirements and guidelines. NSF program solicitations may include modified guidelines. In such cases, it's important to follow the guidelines provided in the specific solicitation.

RSO Resource Library

Budget Templates 

The following templates can be downloaded, filled out and emailed to LAResearch@austin.utexas.edu as part of your proposal development.

Student Appointment Guidelines

NSF Submission Guide: Essential Components and Guidance for Application Success

The RSO office has created a submission checklist and guide specifically tailored for NSF applications. This resource comprehensively outlines all required NSF documents for submission, similar to the information provided in the NSF Checklist & Common Parts of an NSF Proposal. Additionally, it includes direct links to  NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), providing detail insights into each required document. Please note that while the checklist and common parts offer a comprehensive overview, they do not cover all proposal requirements and guidelines. NSF program solicitations may include modified guidelines. In such cases, it's important to follow the guidelines provided in the specific solicitation.

The University of Texas at Austin Resources for Preparing Grant Proposals

Other Resources for Preparing Grant Proposals



Contact Us

We are here to support you throughout the process of submitting a grant proposal at UT Austin. We often receive a high volume of requests. To ensure that your proposal gets the full attention it deserves, we ask that you adhere to our Grants Submission Timeline when contacting our office (laresearch@austin.utexas.edu).

Brook Davis
Manager, Proposal Services
Email: davis@austin.utexas.edu, Office: GEB 3.308

Sheena Moore
Contracts and Grants Specialist
Email: sheena.moore@austin.utexas.edu, Office: GEB 3.308

Lindy Aleshire
Manager, Award Services
Email: melinda.aleshire@austin.utexas.edu, Office: GEB 3.308