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NSF 101

NSF 101 is an informational series for the science and engineering research community.

NSF 101 answers commonly asked questions for applicants who might be new to applying for NSF funding opportunities and want to know more about how to communicate with NSF. NSF101 collaborates with program staff across the agency to provide clear, basic instructions to improve accessibility and demystify the NSF experience.

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NSF 101: The NSF brand identity

The "Official Policy on Brand Standards of the U.S. National Science Foundation" outlines a framework to support the agency's written, verbal and visual identity.


The Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED) initiative differs from other U.S. National Science Foundation programs.

NSF 101: America's Seed Fund

The U.S. National Science Foundation is known for funding basic research at universities and other research institutions.

NSF 101: The Mentoring plan

The postdoctoral mentoring plan has been an NSF requirement since 2009, recognizing the important role that mentorship plays in the postdoctoral experience and their future career paths.