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Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

 

NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide (NSF 21-084) to align with the changes to the PAPPG (NSF 22-1) referenced below.  The Guide will be effective for applications submitted (via Grants.gov) or due, on or after October 4, 2021. 

Please note that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1) has been issued.  The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include:

  • A new section covering requests for reasonable and accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
  • A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. This table identifies where pre- and post-award current and pending support disclosure information must be provided. Proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately;
  • Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
  • Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
  • Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
  • Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment. 

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes. Visit the NSF policy outreach website to sign up for notifications about this and other outreach events.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on October 4, 2021, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 20-1) continue to apply.  

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov. 


NSF recently announced the issuance of a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration related to NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1). Some of the topics addressed in the FAQs include conference proposals, cost sharing, deadline dates, indirect costs, international activities/considerations and participant support. If you have any questions regarding this document, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office by email at policy@nsf.gov.


 

The National Science Foundation announced that its revised version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF20-1) to be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020, has been issued.  


For questions, please email policy@nsf.gov.

Significant changes in the NSF 20-1 include the following (see also the NSF website):

  • Chapters I.G, How to Submit Proposals, II.C.1.d, Proposal Certifications and XI.A, Non-Discrimination Statutes and Regulations have been updated to implement Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-18-24, "Strategies to Reduce Grant Recipient Reporting Burden". Proposing organizations must submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM). These certifications must be re-certified annually. NSF-specific proposal certifications must still be provided via the Authorized Organizational Representative function in NSF’s electronic systems. Prior exhibits in Chapter II on the Drug Free Workplace Certification, Debarment and Suspension, Lobbying and Nondiscrimination have been deleted. Reference to the Certification of Compliance/Civil Rights Certifications in Chapter XI.A.2 has been removed as Nondiscrimination Certifications will now be provided in SAM.

  • Chapter II.C.2.f, Biographical Sketches, has been modified to require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch. NSF will only accept PDFs that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format.

    Note: The requirement to use an NSF-approved format for preparation of the biographical sketch will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 5, 2020. In the interim, proposers must continue to prepare this document in accordance with the guidance specified in the PAPPG (NSF 20-1). NSF, however, encourages the community to use the NSF-approved formats and provide valuable feedback as we enhance them for the October implementation.

  • Chapter II.C.2.h, Current and Pending Support, has been modified to require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of current and pending support information. NSF will only accept PDFs that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format.

    Note: The requirement to use an NSF-approved format for preparation of current and pending support will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 5, 2020. In the interim, proposers must continue to prepare this document in accordance with the guidance specified in the PAPPG (NSF 20-1). NSF, however, encourages the community to use the NSF-approved formats and provide valuable feedback as we enhance them for the October implementation.

  • Chapter II.E.1 and 2, Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Proposal and Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Proposal, have been supplemented with language which clarifies how RAPID and EAGER proposals may not be used. A new requirement that email documentation from a cognizant NSF Program Officer approving submission of a RAPID or EAGER be uploaded to the proposal also has been added.

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