NSF Makes Changes to Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that affects all NSF proposals being submitted on and after Jan. 30, 2017.

The new guide can be found here, and a full summary of the significant changes to the Grant Proposal Guide can be found online.

In particular, investigators should note:

  • The PAPPG has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG). The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). PIs accustomed to referring to the GPG for guidance should now look to the PAPPG for instructions.
  • Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information includes additional instructions for proposers. Each section of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information document should be listed alphabetically by last name. The text has also been revised to remove the requirement that proposers list postgraduate scholar sponsors in this section of the proposal.
  • Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A) for Colleges and Universities) (Line I on the Proposal Budget), has been updated to clarify that the use of an indirect cost rate lower than the organization’s approved negotiated indirect cost rate is considered a violation of NSF’s cost sharing policy. (This affects faculty submitting proposals to NSF’s CAREER program, as Michigan Tech is no longer able to voluntarily choose to use our off-campus rate as we have done in the past.) 
    Special Information and Supplementary Documentation: includes additional language to emphasize the importance of submitting letters of support only when specifically required by a program solicitation.

In addition, NSF recently changed the way that Fastlane checks the project summary for compliance. Instead of a 4,600 character limit, the text now simply needs to fit to one page when formatted by Fastlane. PIs will need to verify their text meets the page limit during the proposal preparation process.