Co-Mentoring

*Co-Mentoring: for prospective NSF ATE grantees who are collaborating with an ATE Center*

Part 1

Prepare to Apply for Co-Mentoring: (Deadline: 90 days before proposal deadline)

Mentor-Connect invites two-year college faculty member(s) who are collaborating with a discipline-focused ATE Center such as MNT-EC (Micro Nano technologies), InnovATEBIO (Biotechnology), or NCAT (Autonomous Technologies), to apply for co-mentoring to help you prepare your first or next NSF ATE grant proposal. Co-mentoring allows a prospective grantee to benefit from the technical and discipline expertise within an ATE Center and also grant writing expertise from Mentor-Connect in order to develop a competitive grant proposal. Apply any time after January 1, the sooner in the new year the better, and not later than 90 days prior to date for proposal submission

For colleges interested in this type of mentoring, please follow the steps below:

  • 1. Read

  • 2. View

    View the NSF ATE Program Funding Opportunities & Mentor-Connect Orientation Webinar. This webinar provides a detailed introduction to the NSF ATE program and to the Mentor-Connect NSF ATE grant preparation and technical assistance opportunity

  • 3. Complete Assessment

    Complete the NSF ATE Readiness Self-Assessment: The "readiness self-assessment" is designed to gauge your knowledge of the solicitation associated with preparing an NSF ATE proposal.

  • 4. Assemble Your Team

    In addition to the faculty members who will develop and lead the project, Mentor-Connect recommends you include a grant writer and one or more college administrators on your team. Mentor-Connect’s data show significantly higher rates of funding when grant writers and administrators participate in the mentoring process.

  • 5. Download The Application

    Download the PDF of the “Co-Mentoring” application. Using the PDF of the electronic application as a guide, complete your responses to the questions. Then transfer your responses to Part 1 of the Co-Mentoring Application. We recommend that you collaborate as a team in answering the questions. Answers may be electronically cut and pasted from another document into the online application.

  • 6. Upload

    Upload the completed affidavit signed by a college administrator supporting the development of the ATE Project proposal to the Part 2 submittal form.

Important: The online application cannot be saved and thus must be completed once started. All applicants must submit an affidavit signed by a college administrator supporting the development of the ATE Project proposal. This affidavit is Part 2 of the application.

Depending on an applicant’s proposal and funding history, additional documentation from previous proposals may be requested and required before mentoring to begin.

Part 1 and Part 2 must be submitted by any time after January 1 and not later than 90 days prior to date for proposal submission for your application to be considered complete.

Need help? Contact us and Mentor-Connect will help you in completing the online application.

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Part 2

After completing Part 1 of your application, please upload all the required material below. If you have trouble uploading your documents due to total file size, you may either email supporting documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submit each of your documents separately by using the submittal form below. For example, submit only your affidavit. Then submit the completed form again with your other material.

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