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.
Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
New!!! We are pleased to announce that the updated NSF-approved formats for Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending (Other) Support are now available. The new formats will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023. Changes include:
New!!! We are pleased to announce the issuance of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1). The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023. Changes include:
- Revisions to incorporate Research.gov as the replacement for FastLane for proposal preparation and submission;
- Information about the use of Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) and the BAA Management System (BAAM);
- Revisions to the certification for Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) for proposals submitted on or after July 31, 2023, which expands the training to faculty and other senior personnel as well as requires specific training mandated by the America COMPETES Act, as amended;
- Use of Concept Outlines as a submission type and the Program Suitability and Proposal Concept Tool (ProSPCT);
- Requirement for proposers to provide a certification regarding Safe and Inclusive Working Environments for Off-Campus and Off-Site Research;
- Revisions to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending (Other) Support formats to include certifications from the individual (as required by the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, Section 223) regarding information being accurate, current, and complete;
- Requirement for NSF program officers to request updated Current and Pending (Other) Support information prior to making a funding recommendation, in accordance with the NSPM-33 Implementation Guidance;
- Requirements for use of SciENcv for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending (Other) Support documents;
- Implementation of Build America, Buy America statutes; and
- New sections on Research Security and Scientific Integrity.
A by-chapter summary of changes is provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.
While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 30, 2023, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 22-1) continue to apply.
Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1) - effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration Related to PAPPG (NSF 22-1)
- NSF-approved Formats in Submission of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Sections of the Proposal
- 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.
- NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support - This table provides helpful reference information regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information in the biographical sketch and current and pending support proposal sections. The table identifies where these disclosures must be provided in proposals as well as in project reports.
- FAQs related to Current and Pending Support
- NSTC Research Security Subcommittee NSPM-33 Implementation Guidance Disclosure Requirements & Standardization
- Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection
- Personnel Policy on Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs
- Implementation of the 2nd NSB Cost Sharing Report: NSF Revised Cost Sharing Policy Statement
- NSF Programs with Mandatory Cost Sharing
- Enabling Access to Cloud Computing Resources for CISE Research and Education (Cloud Access)
- Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps)
- Major Research Instrumentation Program
- Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
- Engineering Research Centers
- Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
- Individual NSF-funded Projects with Mandatory Cost Sharing
- Computing Innovation Fellows Project 2021, Award No. 2127309, Prime Awardee: Computing Research Association (subawardees' indirect cost recovery limited to 35%)
- Computing Innovation Fellows Project 2020, Award No. 2030859, Prime Awardee: Computing Research Association (subawardees' indirect cost recovery limited to 35%)
- New!!! We are pleased to announce the issuance of the revised NSF Grants.gov Application Guide (NSF 23-006). The new Guide will be effective for applications submitted (via Grants.gov) or due on or after January 30, 2023.
- For applications submitted (via Grants.gov) or due prior to January 30, 2023, the guidelines in NSF Grants.gov Application Guide dated October 4, 2021, apply.
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