NSF Policy Updates

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Important Changes to NSF PAPPG – Effective May 20, 2024

Several important changes to the NSF Proposal & Awards Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) will take effect on May 20, 2024 and are effective for proposals submitted or due on or after May 20, 2024. A summary list of changes can be found here.

Highlights Include:

Changes to Proposal Guidance:
  • Biosketch - Changes to Content and Limits
    • 3 Page Limit has been removed
    • Synergistic Activities section has been removed
  • Synergistic Activities is now a standalone, required document for all senior personnel
  • Mentoring Plans are now required for all postdoctoral researchers and graduate students
    • 1 page limit remains
    • Single plan for all supported on the project
  • Submission deadline time has been clarified to state that the 5 p.m. submitter's local time is determined by the lead organization’s local time, not the physical location of the PI
  • Certification is required indicating that no project personnel are part of a Malign Foreign Talent Recruitment program
Changes to Award Guidance:
  • Individual Development Plans are required to be updated annually for postdoctoral scholars or graduate students who receive substantial NSF support from the project

Please review the full summary of changes so as not to miss any of the important changes.

The full PAPPG can be accessed here.

Common forms for the new Biosketch and CPS documents are now available as templates in ScienCV. These revised formats will be required for proposals submitted or due on or after May 20, 2024. While these revised formats cannot be uploaded in Research.gov or Grants.gov until May 20, 2024, NSF encourages proposers to become familiar with them in preparation for proposal submission in May.