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Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plans

NSF proposals that request funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. In no more than one page, the mentoring plan must describe the mentoring that will be provided to all postdoctoral researchers supported by the project, irrespective of whether they reside at the submitting organization, any subawardee organization, or at any organization participating in a simultaneously submitted collaborative project. See the current NSF Grant Proposal Guide Chapter II.C.2j for more information.


The Office of Research Postdoctoral Scholars Resources page

The Graduate Division has a collection of resources for creating postdoctoral mentoring plans, including the Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Guidelines for creating an individualized mentoring plan.

The Research Development team can offer guidance on data management plans as they relate to a specific proposal. For more information, scientists and engineers should contact Andrea Stith (ext. 7345 or and social scientists should contact Barbara Walker (ext. 3576 or

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