University Hosts NSF Day

University Hosts NSF Day
George Wilson, the NSF's legislative specialist in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, speaks at NSF Day.
About 200 faculty and researchers attended the one-day workshop.

Cal Poly Pomona hosted more than 200 faculty and researchers from regional colleges and universities at National Science Foundation Day. The one-day workshop on Nov. 18 provided valuable information about the NSF, the procedure of applying for grant money and the agency's proposal and merit review process.

The workshop included presentations by NSF representatives covering several topics, including the judging criteria for awarding grants, international researchers and a step-by-step guide to preparing a proposal. The afternoon breakout sessions with individual NSF program directors included more detailed information on the seven research areas, which are biological sciences; computer and informational science and engineering; education and human resources; engineering; geosciences; mathematical and physical sciences; and social, behavioral and economic sciences.

An independent federal agency, the NSF provides funding to American colleges and universities. It has an annual budget of about $6 billion and awards around 10,000 new grants a year.

Workshop participants came from Cal Poly Pomona, UC Irvine, Cal State Los Angeles, UC Riverside, Whittier College, the Claremont Colleges and many other colleges and universities in Southern California.

“We were very pleased to host this workshop on our campus because it allowed nearly 70 Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff to attend,” said Donald Hoyt, associate vice president for Research & Graduate Studies. “NSF funding is very competitive, and I believe the information we all learned will help make our applications more successful in the future. We also learned of new opportunities that I expect we will pursue in the future.”

The workshop was organized by Research & Graduate Studies and University Advancement. Also supporting the workshop was U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, who has often advocated for NSF awards to Cal Poly Pomona.

The PowerPoint presentations from the workshop and other information are available online at They will be available for 60 days. For more information about the National Science Foundation, visit