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, once the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective;
  • 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.

Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) - effective for proposals submitted or due on or after June 1, 2020, and awards made on or after June 1, 2020

Research Protection

NSF Policies on Harassment

NSF Responses to Natural Disasters

Conflicts of Interest

Frequently Asked Questions on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration

Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information

NSF Prospective New Awardee Guide

NSF - NIH/OLAW Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Regarding Vertebrate Animal Welfare Issues

Electronic Capabilities Modernization Status

Award Conditions

Research Terms and Conditions

NSF Outreach

NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter

Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals

Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR)

NSF Scientific Integrity Policy

NSF Data Management Policy

NSF Merit Review

NSF Cost Sharing Policy

  • Overarching Policies on Cost Sharing
  • FAQs on on Cost Sharing
  • Pre-award
  • Post-award
  • 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

Federal Demonstration Partnership

Human Subjects

Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)