NSF Workshop

2017 NSF Proposal Writing Workshop

June 4, 2017

USC, Los Angeles, CA

The workshop was collocated with the 45th SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) and the ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2017).


Workshop organizer

Dr. Tony L. Schmitz, University of North Carolina at Charlotte



  • Dr. George Hazelrigg emphasized the importance of a clear research objective and discussed how to write effective research objectives based on experiences from many NSF panels.
  • Dr. Steven Schmid provided an overview of CMMI and statistics on funding rates.
  • Dr. Schmitz described the relationship between marketing and metaphor.
  • NSF personnel interacted with attendees in group activities and a question/answer session.



The workshop goal was to aid future NSF proposal submitters in communicating clear research objectives and improving proposal quality.



The workshop included 50 US and international participants. Both individual and group activities were incorporated in the agenda.


Presentations and additional information


Dr. Hazelrigg’s presentation

Dr. Schmitz’s presentation

Research 101 for Engineers


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