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NSF AISL Proposal Preparation Support

The deadline for the 2021 Solicitation has passed. The resources below remain available and will be updated if a new solicitation is posted. Visit the NSF AISL program website for the most up-to-date information.

Support for Proposal Development for the 2021 NSF AISL Solicitation

CAISE hosted several virtual office hours with NSF AISL Program Directors.

Introduction to the Solicitation

The slide portion of the Introduction to the Solicitation session was recorded on September 22, 2021. NSF Program Directors Bradley Barker and Bob Russell delivered the presentation. 

Download a PDF of the slides here.

Research Questions

The slide portion of the Research Questions session was recorded on October 5, 2021. NSF Program Directors Leilah Lyons and Toni Dancstep delivered the presentation. 

Download a PDF of the slides here.

Evaluation & External Oversight

The slide portion of the Evaluation & External Oversight session was recorded on October 6, 2021. NSF Program Directors Julie Johnson & Ellen McCallie delivered the presentation. 

Download a PDF of the slides here.


NSF Program Directors Ellen McCallie, Julie Johnson and Leilah Lyons delivered this presentation on Preparing Clear and Effective Budgets and Budget Justifications on November 2, 2021.

Download a PDF of the slides here.

If you're seeking more information about your current project and reporting requirements, Cartia Brown-Morgan, NSF Grant Management Specialist, developed this PowerPoint with narration about grant and fiscal management for AISL awards (download here). Click on the speaker icon on each slide to hear the narration. This was recorded in advance of the 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting October 19-21 which was a virtual gathering for funded projects.

Open Topics Office Hours

NSF Program Directors Bob Russell, Alicia Santiago Gonzalez and Lori Takeuchi delivered the presentation Do This.....Not That on November 3, 2021.

Download a PDF of the slides here.

Final Questions

NSF Program Directors Julie Johnson, Sandy Welch and Lori Takeuchi shared information about submitting AISL proposals and last minute tips for successful proposals. The resource mentioned by Lori at about 13:28 is from the AISL Office Hours presentation on November 3, 2021, and can be downloaded here.

Download a PDF of the slides here.

Additional Webinars and Presentations:

  • The presentation portion of the Research Coordination Networks Webinar held November 24, 2020, was recorded and can be watched here. The slides from the presentation can be downloaded here. An overview of this funding opportunity and a link to the Research Coordination Network solicitation is here (solicitation deadlines vary by program).
  • Overview of the AISL program: Download the slides.
  • 2017 deep dive into all sections of the solicitation, including the six AISL project types: ​download the PowerPoint slides for Part 1 (solicitation structure and introductory materials); download the PowerPoint slides for Part 2 (about EHR and DRL, budgets, through supplementary documents); and download the PowerPoint slides for Part 3 (budgets continued, merit review, and award conditions).
  • Writing a competitive AISL proposal: Watch the webinar recording and download the slides.
  • Addressing broadening participation within AISL proposals: Watch the webinar recording and download the PowerPoint slides.

If you have specific questions about your proposal, reach out to NSF AISL by emailing

Ready to submit your proposal?

There are two systems that may be used for AISL proposal submission: NSF or

Need ISE and SciComm literature to support your project or proposal development?

With a free account on, you can access relevant content on EBSCO including the research literature in the journals Curator, Science Communication and Visitor Studies. 

Thinking broadly about broadening participation?

Explore the toolkit that CAISE's Broadening Participation Task Force has developed.

Addressing STEM identity, interest and/or engagement? 

CAISE's Evaluation and Measurement Task Force interviewed experts on these constructs and curated content to help you sort through related design and measurement.