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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Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

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 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 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 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.