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  • The Office of Research is now publishing an e-newsletter to keep faculty and staff involved in research aware of the latest policies and procedures.  To be added to the mailing list, click Subscribe to Newsletter.  To see past issues, click here (note:  a Tennessee Tech username and password must be provided). 
  • Announcements Published in Tech Times

  • NSF Announces Deadlines for Graduate Research Fellowship Program Applications
    The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of eligible individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.  Applications for this program are submitted directly by the student in the GRFP Application Module (; however, we ask that students planning to apply contact Jamie Murdock at ( so we can ensure that all applicable internal paperwork is prepared prior to submission.  For eligibility and other program information, visit the program page at

    Further information:  Program SolicitationFAQsProgram and Application Process Details

  • Office of Research involved in Research 101 Workshops:  The Office of Research is collaborating with the Office of Grant Accounting and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning to host a Research 101 workshop series this fall.  Topics will include a sponsored projects overview, tips for finding funding and best practices in proposal development and management.  For more information, visit the CITL website or email Jamie Murdock.  

  • NSF Recently Released FAQs
    1.  Proposal preparation and award administration related to the NSF Proposal & Award
         Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1)
    2.  NSF MRI awards

  • NSF has cancelled its in-person Fall 2020 NSF Grants Conference that was to be held in October in San Antonio, Texas.  The conference will now be held in virtual format in the November-December timeframe.  To be signed up for notifications when the 2020 Virtual Grants Conference dates are announced, please click here.  Check for the most up-to-date information, and view recordings of sessions from last year's event.  For questions, please contact  

  • The FDP-OMB has issued revisions to 2 CFR § 200.216 and 200.340, effective Aug. 13, 2020.  Further updates will be posted later in relation to the guidelines that were revised effective Nov. 12, 2020.  Please see the Uniform Guidance Revisions document attached here for more information. 

  • NSF has revised the following sets of award terms and conditions:
    1.  NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions (ASR)
    2.  Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC)
    3.  Cooperative Agreement Modifications and Supplemental Finanical and Administrative    Terms and Conditions for Major Multi-User Research Facility Projects and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers
    4.  Grant General Conditions (GC-1)
    5.  Special Terms and Conditions (FL 26) for Administration of NSF Conference or Travel
    6.  Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
    Phase I Grant General Conditions (SBIR/STTR-I)
    7.  SBIR/STTR Phase II Cooperative Agreement Finanical and Administrative Terms and
    Conditions (SBIR/STTR-II CA-FATC)

    All of the terms and conditions have been updated to include a new article which establishes a post-award disclosure requirement for undisclosed current support and in-kind contribution information.  Each set of terms and conditions is accompanied by a summary of changes made to that document. 

    The revised terms and conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards made on or after October 5, 2020, except for the SBIR/STTR-I and SBIR/STTR-II CA-FATC which became effective July 6, 2020. 

    Questions regarding NSF terms and conditions may be sent to the DIAS Policy Office at
  • 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 been 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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