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 G​r​ant Program Guidelines

NSF has issued a revised version of its Proposal & AwardPolicies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)​ . The revision is effective for all proposals submitted on or after January 30, 2017. 

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 & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). The document will be sequentially numbered from Chapter I-XII and all references throughout have been modified to reflect this change. Part I of the document covers NSF’s proposal preparation and submission guidelines, and Part II covers NSF’s award, administration and monitoring guidelines.

The revision contains changes to policies and procedures associated with proposal submission. Significant changes in the NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide are:

  • Chapter I.D.1, Letters of Intent (LOI)
  • Chapter II.B, Format of the Proposal
  • Chapter II.C.1.e, Collaborators & Other Affiliations Information
  • Chapter II.C.2, Sections of the Proposal
  • Chapter II.C.2.a, Cover Sheet
  • Chapter II.C.2.d(iii), Results from Prior NSF Support
  • Chapter II.C.2.g(vi), Other Direct Costs
  • Chapter II.C.2.g(x), Fees (Line K on the Proposal Budget)
  • Chapter II.C.2.j, Special Information and Supplementary Documentation
  • Chapter II.D, Special Processing Instructions
  • Chapter II.D.5, Proposals Involving Human Subjects
  • Chapter II.E, Types of Proposals
  • Chapter II.E.9, Travel Proposal
​​The PAPPG​ presents an excellent summary of all the revisions in its opening pages. 


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