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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Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program Solicitation (2018-2020)

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), June 2020

The 2020 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... Application Guide (Effective October 5, 2020)

This 49-page document is the guide for the preparation and submission of NSF grant applications via allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies, including NSF. Changes in the 2020 edition include the removal of references and instructions for the R&R Personal Data Form.  NSF will no longer...
Guide to Award Management Assistance

This website is a reference guide with links to the various NSF offices involved with the Award Management process to help awardees quickly find the assistance or information needed. Also contained on the website is Foundation news impacting awardees as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and related documents. The site also contains a link to the Division of Grants and...
Merit Review

The merit review process is described in detail in Part I of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) which provides guidance for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. The goal of this Merit Review website is to help you better understand the NSF merit review process as well as identify resources for additional information (including applicable chapters in the...