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The 2021 NSF CISE Proposal Development Workshop for Researchers at Minority-Serving Institutions is a five-part online workshop designed to prepare researchers to craft and submit grant proposals to the National Science Foundation Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate’s (NSF CISE) recently released Computer and Information Science and Engineering Minority-Serving Institutions Research Expansion Program (CISE-MSI Program). The workshop enhances participants’ understanding of strategies for developing more effective proposals.  

Throughout the workshop, researchers gain critical knowledge and tools for preparing a  grant proposal to the CISE-MSI program, including information on crafting impactful Project Summaries and Project Descriptions, persuasively describing Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts criteria; composing budgets and budget justifications; and strategies for effective proposal preparation.   

This workshop takes place in five (5) three-hour sessions. This is an interactive workshop featuring extensive mentoring from senior researchers with a successful track record of proposing and implementing NSF CISE core awards. There is ample time for researchers to work with mentors and their research teams on their proposals to the CISE-MSI program. Additionally, there is time for questions, discussion and a simulated proposal review panel.  

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  1. Understand NSF merit review criteria and how they are applied to proposals for NSF CISE core programs.
  2. Prepare a Project Summary and Project Description to submit to the CISE-MSI program, informed by competitive proposal elements and the NSF CISE merit review criteria.
  3. Understand the process NSF CISE uses to evaluate proposals.