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.

New Resources
Coffee Break Webinar: Annual Reports

To write effective project reports, PIs must understand NSF’s needs and develop a strategy. This coffee break provides information about planning and report writing and shares strategies for developing and submitting annual reports. 

Coffee Break Webinar: External Evaluator

An external evaluator is very important and is required for your NSF ATE proposal. This coffee break will discuss how to communicate with your external evaluator with examples of what to share and when to share with your evaluator.  

Tutorial: ATE Grants Management During COVID-19

This tutorial addresses grant management strategies that may be particularly helpful to the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) community in dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions on project management.   It is based on a June 10, 2020 webinar, hosted by Mentor-Connect, ATE Central, and the American Association of Community Colleges. Topics covered include making project...

10 Helpful Hints and 10 Fatal Flaws: Writing Better Evaluation Sections in Your Proposals

What should be included in an ATE proposal’s evaluation plan? What do reviewers want to see? While both of these are important questions, it is also important to make sure you have an evaluation plan in place from the beginning that will provide good information about how well your project is going and what impact you are having. Prospective grantees should consider these things when preparing the...

Forms Tutorial 2020

This 17-page 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 2020 and available as a recording in the Mentor-Connect resource library ( It includes steps to take before you begin the...