Policy Office

HEAD: Jean Feldman

The Policy Office in the Division of Institution and Award Support is responsible for developing, implementing and issuing proposal and award policy for the programs of the National Science Foundation and is available to assist you with questions involving policy related issues. Questions related to specific awards should be directed to the Division of Grants and Agreements.

Information Regarding the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1)

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation is currently working to finalize a revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for use in 2020. We anticipate that the revised PAPPG will be released in the coming months and, as is standard practice, will be effective 90 days after its release.

We wanted to highlight some important information to assist the community in preparing for this new PAPPG as it relates to the preparation and submission of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals that fall under this revised PAPPG.

  • NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of both the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of an NSF proposal.
  • Use of an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG. NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using SciENcv for preparation of the Biographical Sketch now.
  • SciENcv allows proposers to integrate their ORCiD to enable pre-population for the Biographical Sketch. Additional information is available on the ORCiD website.
  • SciENcv will produce NSF-compliant PDF versions of these documents. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.
  • Additional resources including video tutorials are available on the SciENcv website.

NSF will continue to communicate with the community regarding the 2020 PAPPG and will provide further notice to the community as soon as the revised PAPPG is released. We encourage you to sign up for notifications about future PAPPG implementation webinars. In the meantime, proposers should continue to follow the guidance in the current PAPPG, (NSF 19-1).

Please direct any further questions to policy@nsf.gov.

Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1) - effective for proposals submitted or due on or after February 25, 2019, and awards made on or after February 25, 2019

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NSF Responses to Natural Disasters

Conflicts of Interest

Frequently Asked Questions on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration

Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information

NSF Prospective New Awardee Guide

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NSF - NIH/OLAW Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Regarding Vertebrate Animal Welfare Issues

Electronic Capabilities Modernization Status

Award Conditions

Research Terms and Conditions

NSF Outreach

NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter

Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals

Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR)

NSF Scientific Integrity Policy

NSF Data Management Policy

NSF Merit Review

NSF Cost Sharing Policy

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    • Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps)
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    • Engineering Research Centers
    • Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

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Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)