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National Science Foundation New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide
By Carol Lunn (on 10/16/2015 @ 08:54:28, in Important, read 1042 times)
We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 16-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Significant changes include:

• Enforcement of 5 p.m. submitter’s local time across all NSF funding opportunities;

• Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy;

• Submission of proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) concurrently with proposal submission;

• NSF’s implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;

• Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch;

• Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel;

• Electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only;

• Revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and

• Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

Given the number of important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on October 29th at 2 PM EST. Registration is required at https://nsfevents.webex.com/nsfevents/onstage/g.php?d=747703895&t=a

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 25, 2016, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 15-1) continue to apply. We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Policy Office on x8243 or by e-mail to policy@nsf.gov.