November 18, 2013

NSF Issues New Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation has published a new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 14-1), effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 24, 2014. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 13-1) continue to apply.

The PAPPG consists of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and the Award & Administration Guide (AAG). A summary of the changes is provided for both the GPG and the AAG. Significant changes include:
  • Addition to the certification regarding Conflict of Interest regarding the appropriate disclosure process;
  • Reiteration that indirect costs are not allowed on participant support costs;
  • Small-scale pilot of a new environmental impacts process with a few programs, prior to NSF-wide implementation; and
  • Updated process for program income reporting.