Policy Office

Head, Policy Office: Jean Feldman

The Policy Office in the Division of Institution and Award Support is responsible for developing, implementing and issuing proposal and award policy for the programs of the National Science Foundation and is available to assist you with questions involving policy related issues. Questions related to specific awards should be directed to the Division of Grants and Agreements.

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Issuance of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1)

We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. NSF conducted a webinar on the significant changes to the PAPPG.

Significant changes to the PAPPG include:

  • NSF will require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents;
    • NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for preparation of both documents.
    • Use of an NSF-approved format will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 5, 2020. In the interim, proposers must continue to prepare these documents 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.
    • To assist the community, NSF has developed websites with additional information for the preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support. A set of frequently asked questions related to current and pending support also is available.
    • NSF recorded a webinar on the use of the NSF-approved formats. Please note that this webinar was recorded April 2020, and refers to the effective date of June 1, 2020 for the requirement to use an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents. Since the recording of the webinar, NSF has changed the effective date of the requirement. Use of an NSF-approved format will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 5, 2020.

  • New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);
  • New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document.

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

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on June 1, 2020, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 19-1) continue to apply.

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

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