Announcement: The National Science Foundation (NSF) released New Proposal and Submission Types and System Enhancements to Support the Revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1) on October 4, 2021. Key highlights are identified below:
- Requests for Reasonable and Accessibility Accommodations: Provides guidance on the process for submitting requests for reasonable accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites, and other digital content.
- Biographical Sketches: Increases the page limit for biographical sketch(es) to three pages and includes reference to a new table entitled NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. The table has been developed to assist users in completion of these sections of the proposal.
- Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment: Provides new coverage to implement Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
- Current and Pending Support: Requires information on objectives and overlap with other projects be provided, to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication and updates to include reference to a new table entitled NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. The table has been developed to assist users in completion of these sections of the proposal.
- Planning Proposal: Provides coverage on the policies and procedures associated with this new type of proposal.
- Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplemental Funding Requests: Has been added as a new “Other Proposal Type”. This section includes guidance on submission of such requests.
- Travel Support: Requires that prior to participation in a meeting for which NSF travel support is requested, the PI will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.
- Final Reports: Reinforces that if all required reports are not submitted within one year of the period of performance end date, NSF must report the grantee’s material failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the award with the OMB-designated integrity and performance system.
The revised terms and conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards made on or after October 4, 2021.Questions? Please direct any questions to the Contracts and Grants Officer assigned to your unit.