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NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 14-1, has been issued

A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 14-1, has been issued.  The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process and consists of the:
(i)    Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and
(ii)    Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.

This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 24, 2014.  Significant changes include, but are not limited to, the following:  

•    Chapter II.B, Format of the Proposal, has been revised to add instructions that, upon entering the proposal preparation module in FastLane, the PI will be prompted to select whether or not the proposal is a collaborative proposal and the type of proposal being developed.

•    Chapter II.C.2, Sections of the Proposal, has been augmented to include a list of required sections for a full proposal submitted via FastLane. The section also clarifies that, if the submission instructions do not require a section to be provided, the proposer should insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, "Not Applicable."

•    Chapter II.C.2.f(i), Biographical Sketches, has been updated to state that inclusion of information beyond that specified may result in the proposal being returned without review.

•    Chapter II.C.2.f(i)(c), Products, has been supplemented with language stating that, if only publications are included, the heading "Publications" may be used for this section of the Biographical Sketch.

•    Chapter II.D.1, Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID), has been updated to indicate that the "RAPID" proposal type must be selected in the proposal preparation module in FastLane.

•    Chapter II.D.2, EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), has been updated to indicate that the "EAGER" proposal type must be selected in the proposal preparation module in FastLane.

•    Chapter II.D.4.b, Submission of a collaborative proposal from multiple organizations, has been supplemented to clarify required sections of the proposal for lead organizations versus non-lead organizations.

•    Chapter II.C.2.d(iii), Results from Prior NSF Support, has been amended to clarify that in cases where the PI or co-PI has received more than one award (excluding amendments) they need only report on the one award most closely related to the proposal.

•    Chapter II.C.2.f(i), Biographical Sketch(es), has been modified to add that, if a biographical sketch(es) is not required, the proposer should insert text or upload a document in this section of the proposal that states, "Not Applicable."  In FastLane, if biographical sketches for all senior personnel are uploaded in a single PDF file associated with the PI, the proposer should insert text or upload a document that states, "Not Applicable" for any co-PI or Senior Person.

•    Chapter II.E, Annual and Final Project Reports, has been amended to emphasize that annual and final project reports are not cumulative and should be written specifically for the most recently completed budget period, as well as add that reports should be submitted electronically in Research.gov.

•    Chapter III.D.1, Final Unobligated Balance, has been revised to state that, based on final payment amounts submitted through the Award Cash Management Service (ACM$), the final unobligated balance will be computed by NSF and de-obligated from the award amount.

•    Numerous other revisions and/or clarifications have been made.  A by-chapter summary of the changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide to assist with identifying the changes.