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Updated Proposal and Award Policy and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

The NSF Proposal and Award Policy and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) has recently been updated.  This document includes the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), which contains detailed instructions for PIs submitting proposals to NSF.  The updated PAPPG takes effect on December 26, 2014.

Please familiarize yourself with the new PAPPG and GPG, especially the significant changes to the documents.  Some of the changes that are especially relevant for IOS proposal submissions include:

  • Project Summaries must have separate headings for the overview, statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity.  Similarly, the Project Description must contain, as a separate section within the narrative, a section labeled “Broader Impacts of the Proposed Work” (See GPG Chapter II.C.2.b and Chapter II.C.2.d).
  • New information is requested for Biosketches, including the location of the individual’s undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral institution(s).  In addition, where applicable, information on “Other Personnel” biographical information should be clearly identified and uploaded in the Biosketches section of the proposal. Finally, the updated GPG makes clear that including Personal information in the biographical sketch is not appropriate nor is it relevant to the merits of the proposal (See GPG Chapter II.C.2.f)

In addition, sponsored research office (SRO) representatives should note several changes to the GPG and the Award and Administration Guide (AAG) regarding budgets, budget justifications, and award administration.