Download: Results from Prior Support Checklist

If a PI or co-PI for an NSF proposal has received NSF funding in the past five years, information on the results of that funding must be included in the proposal, whether it relates to the current proposal or not. This section of the proposal is called Results from Prior NSF Support; details about what should be included are provided in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide. The following is a synopsis of NSF’s requirements and EvaluATE’s suggestions for this section of an ATE proposal.


  • Limit to 5 pages or less
  • Make it the first section of your proposal. If the proposal is for the renewal of an ATE center, it may be uploaded as a supplementary document rather than presented in the 15-page project description.
  • Describe research and development products and how they have been made available to
  • Clearly indicate the prior project’s
    •  Title
    • NSF award number
    • Period of support
  • Present results using these exact, distinct headings:
    • Intellectual Merit
    • Broader Impact
  • Provide complete bibliographic citations for all publications developed with NSF support,
    either in the narrative or in the separate references document. If there were no publications, state “No publications were produced under this award.”


  • Provide a brief factual account of what the project did, created, and who was engaged. A list of activities or deliverables is not sufficient evidence of intellectual merit or broader impacts, but it is important for reviewers to understand the nature and scope of your prior work.
  • Present as much hard evidence as possible to describe the project’s intellectual merit and
    broader impacts.
  • Be forthright about what didn’t work and lessons learned.
  • Describe how the current proposal is building on the prior project’s results.
  • Describe what aspects of previously funded work are being sustained without NSF support.

Disclaimer: This document was created more than five years ago. While the content may still be relevant or useful, we advise you to contact EvaluATE or your NSF program officer for matters that relate to grant management or NSF requirements.

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About the Authors

Lori Wingate

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Executive Director, The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University

Lori has a Ph.D. in evaluation and more than 20 years of experience in the field of program evaluation. She is co-principal investigator of EvaluATE and leads and a variety of evaluation projects at WMU focused on STEM education, health, and higher education initiatives. Dr. Wingate has led numerous webinars and workshops on evaluation in a variety of contexts, including CDC University and the American Evaluation Association Summer Evaluation Institute. She is an associate member of the graduate faculty at WMU.

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