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  • The NSF Convergence Accelerator (CA) program is hosting its first ever Expo, NSF CA Expo 2020 on July 1-2, 2020.  The Expo is a virtual meeting that provides an opportunity for all of the FY 2019 Convergence Accelerator projects to share information about their projects with the public.  
  • NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)  
    The revised version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF20-1) is now effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. 

  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Postponed:
    Selection of the 2020 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Awards has been postponed until Fall 2020 due to budgetary concerns related to COVID-19.  ORAU recognizes the distinction of these awards, and is committed to continuing the program to the extent funding allows this fiscal year  At this time, the timeline for 2021 awards has not bee impacted. 

  • NSF Announces Deadline and Webinars for Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

  • NEW: NSF Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-26, "Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applications of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Due to Loss of Operations" (June 18, 2020)

    NSF remains committed to working with the Administration, other federal agencies, and the research community to effectively respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. This guidance is to implement updated guidance authorized by OMB Memorandum M-20-26 for recipients affected by COVID-19. The guidance extends two of the short-term administrative relief from specific requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising accountability requirements. These extensions, that go beyond what OMB previously outlined in Memorandum M-20-17, specifically pertain to the allowability of salaries and other project activities and single audit submission. In order to support charges against NSF awards, recipients are reminded of their responsibility to maintain appropriate records and documentation to support the charges in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. OMB Memoranda M-20-17 and M-20-20 have been rescinded.

  • The National Science Foundation has issued Important Notice No 146 to the Community Regarding COVID-19. NSF has implemented flexibilities authorized by OMB from specific administrative, financial management and audit requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards without compromising accountability requirements.

    Any questions about the policies described in the NSF Guidance should be directed to
    . Questions specific to a particular award should be directed to the cognizant NSF Program Officer. NSF is working to update existing FAQs and other resources to reflect new guidance and will keep you informed on its website at: 

  • Council on Governmental Relations Releases Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources

  • Current and Pending Support Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that accompany the revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), effective June 1, 2020.

  • NSF Approves NIH's SciENcv Format for Biosketches

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