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Ping Li co-authors "Having Success with NSF: A Practical Guide"


The guide is designed to help researchers achieve success in getting their National Science Foundation (NSF) research proposals funded.

From the publisher:


The book discusses aspects of the proposal submission and review process that are not typically communicated to the research community.


Written by authors with successful track records in grant writing and years of experience as NSF Program Directors, this book provides an insider’s view of successful grantsmanship.


Written in a practical approach, this book offers tips that will not be found in official paperwork and provides answers to questions frequently asked of NSF Program Directors.


The purpose of the book is to improve your NSF grant-writing skills and improve your chances of funding.




  • Addresses the new NSF Merit Review Principles and Criteria as of 2013
  • Takes a practical approach to conceiving, writing, and submitting an NSF proposal
  • Addresses FAQs the authors received as NSF program directors
  • Discusses what you don’t know about the proposal review process
  • Contains sample letters and various templates for NSF required documents
  • Makes an excellent reference for grad student seminars in grant writing

More information


Additional information is available on the websites for Wiley and Penn State's Brain, Language, and Computation Lab.


About Ping Li



Dr. Li is Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Information Sciences at Penn State, Co-Chair of the Huck Institutes' graduate program in neuroscience, and Co-Director of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition (CBBC).


He is also Editor of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurolinguistics, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Language Sciences, and President of the Society for Computers in Psychology, and has served as Program Director for the National Science Foundation's Program in Perception, Action, and Cognition, and principal investigator, co-investigator, or consultant for many projects funded by the NSF.

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  • Ping Li
  • Karen Marrongelle
Having Success with NSF: A Practical Guide