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Mentoring Manual

How to best represent mentoring as a part of your program

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National Science Foundation (NSF) resources

This presentation, National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities and Proposal-Writing Strategies, by an NSF senior science advisor, provides useful overview of the NSF and the proposal process, including tips for writing a strong proposal.

In addition to following the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), you can make your NSF proposal stronger by detailing the broader impacts of your project. Guidelines and examples of including mentoring and broadening participation in your proposal can be found here.

Looking Beyond the Borders: A Project Director’s Handbook of Best Practices for International Research Experiences for Undergraduates developed by the NSF Workshop on Best Practices for Managing International REU Site Programs includes good guidance for domestic as well as international programs.

Additionally, Carnegie Mellon University provides a guide to the NSF GPG, which simplifies and makes the Grant Proposal Guide more concise for the proposal writer.

Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan: A template from the NSF to assist faculty and directors.

An example of a postdoctoral researcher mentoring Plan for an NSF Proposal produced by University of California, Merced can be found here.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Suggested Postdoctoral Mentoring Language for NSF Proposals provides samples for considering in your proposals.

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NASA resources

The NASA guidelines for unsolicited proposals.

The NASA Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN).

Hints on Preparing Research Proposals from the American Astronomical Society.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) resources

Tips and information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for applying for NIH grants.

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Other resources

National Postdoc Association Mentoring plans for postdoctoral scholars sample plans and related articles


Advice for developing an individualized mentoring plan (Harvard Medical School)

The Engineering Information Foundation, funds innovative instructional projects and training.

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