Navigating the NSF Landscape as Early Career Faculty

Workshop Summary

Join Dr. Michael Hout for a workshop introducing NSF to early career faculty or anyone unfamiliar with the organization.  You will learn the basics of how to navigate NSF so that you can begin discussing your work with Program Directors and applying for funding.  Workshop participants will get an insider’s view — from a former NSF Program Director — about solicitations, program organization, how and why to interact with Program Directors, the merit review process, and more.”

Learn about the whole spring series here:

Goals of the Workshop

The goals of this workshop are:

  1. Attendees will learn about utilizing NSF resources and programs to augment their teaching and research endeavors.
  2. Participants will learn the NSF structure and related functions, such as offered resources, organizational definitions, and timelines.
  3. Attendees will leave this workshop with several tools under their belt that they can immediately apply to NSF programs they are working on and any future proposals they develop.


Enrollment is free and is limited to 20 participants per workshop. It is hoped that the small workshop size will facilitate networking and promote collaboration across institutions by individuals who share common interests in research and education.

Participation priority is for current HSI faculty and staff who teach undergraduate STEM courses. Non-HSI faculty staff who teach undergraduate STEM courses are eligible to apply if they: 1) currently collaborate as PIs/co-PIs on a funded or pending NSF EHR/DUE grant that includes HSI faculty/staff as PI/co-PIs or 2) would like to network to find HSI partners for future collaborative projects in education or research.

Admission priority is for faculty within the first 10 years of their first academic tenure-track appointment. Applicants should be aware that the selection process strives for diverse geographical and institutional representation.  The selection decision is final and summary reviews are not provided.


Submit your application at this link:

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will understand how to…

  1. Understand the annual NSF schedule.
  2. Identify the different NSF programs.
  3. Feel comfortable navigating and applying to NSF grants.
  4. Know how to contact and work with respective NSF officials.

Workshop Details

  • Workshop Description

    Join National Science Foundation Officer Michael Hout for an overview of the NSF and its application cycles. Participants will gain an understanding of NSF programs and how to utilize NSF resources to benefit their career in the short- and long-term. Learn the best tips and tricks on how to help your application stand out against the competition!

  • Workshop Dates:

    05/05/2023 | 9 am – 11 pm PST

  • Who should attend?

    Early-career faculty and staff should attend. No prior experience or background in grantsmanship or NSF operations are necessary.

  • Cost

    The workshop is free to all attendees

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Workshop Speakers

Michael Hout is a Professor and director of the Vision Sciences and Memory Laboratory in the New Mexico State University Psychology Department. He is also the co-director and co-founder of the multi-disciplinary Addison Care Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory and an Associate Editor at the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.

Having recently returned from a 2-year professional leave from NMSU as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Perception, Action, and Cognition Program and the Cognitive Neuroscience Program of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences.

You can read more about him, his work, and his lab at his website below.

Workshop Sponsors and External Links

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Workshop Attendees

May 5, 2023

  • Faiza Peetz – Doctoral Lecturer & Clinical Coordinator MLS Program, CUNY/College of Staten Island
  • Melanie Bauer – Grant Writing Manager, Nova Southeastern University
  • John Vasquez – Director of Title III (Strengthening Institutions Grant), Arapahoe Community College
  • Gongbo Liang – Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University — San Antonio
  • Ricardo Medina – Assistant Professor, California State University Northridge
  • Yining Bai – Postdoc, New Mexico State University
  • Heng Zuo – Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico