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NIFA Proposal Guidelines

NIFA Proposal Guidelines

To ensure that your proposal is not Returned Without Review, please comply with the following NIFA proposal submission standards:


    • Margins should be no smaller than 1" in all directions
    • Font should be no smaller than 12 point, regardless of line spacing
    • Number each attachment sequentially


    • Must be in .pdf format
    • Must not have any spaces or special characters in the file name. Use and underscore _ instead of spaces.
    • File names must be 50 characters or less.
    • File names – Many RFAs specifically state a particular file name for attachments.  E.g. “… save file as ‘BibliographyReferencesCited’.
    • File headers – Many RFAs specifically state a particular header to be placed on each document.  E.g. “Title the attachment as ‘Bibliography & References Cited’ in the document header.”
    • Follow the page limits specified in the RFA. Biosketches are limited to 2 pages + publications listing.


    • Project title – is limited to 140 characters. This is due to a form field length in NIFA’s internal system.  Please be sure your titles are 140 characters or less.
    • Follow the RFA.

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