Proposal Development Timeline

This timeline provides general guidance and resources to support those preparing DRK-12 proposals for the first time. Be sure to check with your organization for specific guidance and deadlines. Work backwards from those deadlines to ensure you have enough time to carefully plan the project and develop the proposal. [Download PDF Version]



3-6 Months Before Submission...

1-3 Months Before Submission...

Within 1 Month of Submission...

Within 2 Weeks of Submission...

  • Complete the summary
  • Copy-edit all documents
  • Send final documents to your administrative offices

By Deadline...

  • Submit proposal by 5pm (submitter’s local time) on the deadline date


Celebrate, relax, and wait

Expect to receive notification from NSF of your award or rejection within 6 months. Read the panel reviews and, if you
didn’t receive an award this time, consider revising and resubmitting your proposal.

If awarded, read NSF's Prospective New Awardee Guide and visit the CADRE Project Management Toolkit.



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