NSF Workshop

2016 NSF Proposal Writing Workshop

June 27, 2016

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

The workshop was collocated with the 44th SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) and the ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2016).


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. Drs. ZJ Pei and Mary Toney provided an overview of CMMI and statistics on funding rates. All NSF personnel interacted with attendees in group activities and a question/answer session. Christine Schmitz presented material on effective communication.



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



The workshop included 60 US and international participants. Both individual and group activities were incorporated in the agenda.


Presentations and additional information


Dr. Hazelrigg’s presentation

Dr. Pei’s presentation

Dr. Toney’s presentation

Mrs. Schmitz’s presentation

Research 101 for Engineers