Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a supplementary document, 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. The mentoring plan may not be used to circumvent the 15-page project description limitation.
The mentoring plan should be specific to the proposed project. If the post-doctoral researcher is known, the plan can be tailored to that particular person. Examples of mentoring activities include, but are not limited to:
- career counseling;
- training in preparation of grant proposals, publications and presentations;
- guidance on ways to improve teaching and mentoring skills;
- guidance on how to effectively collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary areas;
- and training in responsible professional practices.
The proposed mentoring activities will be evaluated under NSF’s Broader Impacts merit review criterion.
Resources related to postdoctoral mentoring plans:
Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies
(free pdf available for download)
National Postdoctoral Association: Developing a Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan
Tip: Google "NSF postdoc mentoring plan" to find additional resources and examples.