NSF Grant Guide Revisions
* IMPORTANT UPDATES*
National Science Foundation (NSF) officers stress two main points that PIs must adhere to when submitting grant proposals:
1. Contact the NSF Program Officer in your division prior to writing a proposal
2. Include both Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts Criteria detailed in Fastlane's Grant Program Guidelines
NSF has issued a revised version of its Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The revision is effective for all proposals submitted on or after October 1, 2002.
The revision contains changes to policies and procedures associated with proposal submission. One of the most important changes requires Principal Investigators to address the both merit criteria approved by the National Science Board. Each criterion requires a separate statement within the proposal's Project Summary and additional information in the Project Description. If the criteria are not addressed, NSF will return the proposal without review.
Other revisions include:
* a caution that URLs should not be used in proposals; all information that the reviewers need
should be contained in the proposal itself;
* inclusion of the new NSF research misconduct regulation;
* announcement of new FastLane enhancements concerning proposal status and withdrawals;
* other changes to conform the GPG with current NSF policies, practices and procedures.
The GPG presents an excellent summary of all the revisions in its opening pages. The document is posed on the NSF web site at the following address: www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?gpg.