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National Science Foundation
Grant Proposal Guide
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. Proposal Preparation Instructions
III. NSF Proposal Processing and Review
IV. Withdrawals, Returns and Declinations
V. The Award and Continued Support
VI. Grant Administration Highlights
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
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NSF 04-23 September 2004

Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230

Dear Colleagues:

We have published a revision to the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) (NSF 04-23) that is effective for proposals submitted on or after September 1, 2004. This revision:

  • provides potential proposers with a description of the various categories of funding opportunities utilized by NSF to generate proposals, as well as the appropriate scenarios in which each are used;

  • incorporates new descriptive information on the types of submissions that may be required under NSF program solicitations, as well as the rationale for their use; and

  • implements enhanced capabilities in FastLane for submission of proposal file updates.

Other sections have been revised, as appropriate, to update the GPG to ensure consistency with current NSF policies, practices or procedures. A summary of significant changes is provided to assist the user in navigating through these changes.

The GPG is available electronically on the NSF Website. Organizations or individuals unable to access the GPG electronically may order paper copies (maximum of 5 per request) by any of the following means:

NSF Publications
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite P-60
Arlington, VA 22230

Please address any questions or comments regarding the GPG to the Policy Office, Division of Institution & Award Support, at (703) 292-8243 or by e-mail to policy@nsf.gov.

Thomas N. Cooley
Chief Financial Officer &
Director, Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management

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