Panel Discussion: How to work with the NSF

As part of our Research Success Series of panels, we asked current and former NSF staff plus a recent awardee to share tips with the UNM community about working with the foundation. The tips ranged from serving as peer reviewers for others to making sure your grant proposal tells a good story.

  1. Panelists were Jessie DeAro, program director of NSF Advance, Amy P. Chen, Associate Director of the UNM Center for Teaching and Learning and Lydia Tapia, a UNM computer science professor.
  2. Our moderator was Mary Jo Daniel, director of faculty research development in the UNM Office of the Vice President for Research.
  3. Our panelists are rock stars in the NSF world!
  4. From left to right, Mary Jo Daniel, Jessie DeAro, Amy P. Chen and Lydia Tapia get the panel started.
  5. To begin, DeAro worked to help the audience understand some basics about how NSF works.
  6. DeAro also gave specific advice about getting your foot in the door with the NSF and where to look for grants.
  7. Next, Chen discussed her time as a Presidential Managment Fellow at the NSF Division of Earth Sciences and NASA Earth Science Division.
  8. She said part of being successful is trying to anticipate when calls for proposals will go out and being sure you have potential collaborators on board.
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