October 05, 2009

NSF Revises Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Effective January 4

The National Science Foundation has published a revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPP), NSF 10-1, which will become effective for proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010. The guidelines in NSF 09-29 remain effective through January 3, 2010.

Significant changes made to the PAPP include:
  • Addition of a completely new proposal certification by the Authorized Organizational Representative that the institution has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF, to address the responsible conduct of research requirement of the America COMPETES Act; and

  • An entirely new requirement for PIs to provide a project outcomes report, submitted electronically via Research.gov, for the general public within 90 days following the expiration of the grant, to comply with the America COMPETES Act.
NSF provides a by-Chapter summary of significant changes at the beginning of the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award and Administration Guide.