Resource Library

Welcome to Mentor-Connect’s Resource Library. The purpose of this library is to provide a comprehensive, interactive collection of resources that can be utilized by STEM faculty, administrators, grant writers, mentors, mentees, etc. to further serve the goal of Mentor-Connect to advance technician education and leadership development by supporting potential, current, and former grantees of the NSF ATE program.

The library contains print resources, webinars, and links to other helpful sites. Users will find the most current grant proposal guides and updates from the NSF, webinars conducted by Mentor-Connect for all aspects of grant writing, sample documents provided by former and current grantees, and a large supply of informational articles.

These resources are provided free of charge for non-commercial purposes only. Each resource contains a record with its sharing permissions. The resources that are in the public domain may be used without restriction. The resources marked “Attribution—Non-commercial—Share Alike” may be used non-commercially as they are or changed by the user, as long as the user credits the author and licenses new creations under the identical terms. Resources marked “Unknown” were provided to Mentor-Connect without an existing fair use statement. Please contact these providers whenever possible to determine permissions.

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Webinar: Writing Effective Recruitment and Retention Plans for your NSF ATE proposal

Are you working on an ATE Proposal for submission?  Does your plan include broadening participation/diversity or recruiting and retaining students? If so and done right, this can be an important element of the proposal’s Broader Impacts. This 45 minute webinar discusses reviewer expectations and resources and strategies to consider that can strengthen your plan.
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) PROGRAM SOLICITATION NSF 21-598

With an emphasis on two-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. The document explains who is eligible to apply for an award and gives...
Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), July 2021

The 2021 Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) comprises documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process.  Part I sets forth the NSF's proposal preparation and submission guidelines. This part provides guidance for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. Part II sets forth NSF policies and procedures regarding the award, administration, and monitoring...
Instructions for 1st NSF no-cost extension request

Grantees may authorize a one-time extension of the end date of the grant of up to 12 months if additional time beyond the established end date is required to assure adequate completion of the original scope of work within the funds already made available.  This document explains how to request this no cost extension under financial management. 

Forms Tutorial 2021

This tutorial will guide you through the process of filling out the forms that will be part of your proposal to the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program. It is based on a MentorConnect webinar, conducted in May 2021 and available as a recording in the Mentor-Connect resource library ( It includes steps to take before you begin the process...