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NSF 16-1 January 25, 2016

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Significant Changes and Clarifications to the PAPPG

  1. Pre-Submission Information

    1. NSF Proposal Preparation and Submission
    2. NSF Programs and Funding Opportunities
    3. Categories of Funding Opportunities
      1. Dear Colleague Letters
      2. Program Descriptions
      3. Program Announcements
      4. Program Solicitations
    4. Types of Submissions
      1. Letters of Intent
      2. Preliminary Proposals
        1. Invite/Not Invite
        2. Encourage/Discourage
      3. Full Proposals
        Proprietary or Privileged Information
    5. Who May Submit Proposals
      Categories of Proposers
      1. Universities and Colleges
      2. Non-profit, non-academic organizations
      3. For-profit organizations
      4. State and Local Governments
      5. Unaffiliated Individuals
      6. Foreign organizations
      7. Other Federal agencies
    6. When to Submit Proposals
      1. Target Dates
      2. Deadline Dates
      3. Submission Windows
    7. How to Submit Proposals
      1. Electronic Requirements
      2. Submission Instructions
      3. Requirements Relating to Data Uniform Numbering System (DUNS) Numbers and the System for Award Management (SAM)
      4. NSF ID
      5. Proposal Receipt
    8. Proposal Processing
  1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    1. Conformance with Instructions for Proposal Preparation
    2. Format of the Proposal
      1. Proposal Pagination Instructions
      2. Proposal Margin and Spacing Requirements
      3. Page Formatting
    3. Proposal Contents
      1. Single Copy Documents
        1. Authorization to Deviate from NSF Proposal Preparation Requirements
        2. List of Suggested Reviewers or Reviewers Not to Include
        3. Proprietary or Privileged Information
        4. Proposal Certifications
        5. Collaborators & Other Affiliations Information
      2. Sections of the Proposal
        1. Cover Sheet
        2. Project Summary
        3. Table of Contents
        4. Project Description (Including Results from Prior NSF Support)
          1. Content
          2. Page Limitations and Inclusion of Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) within the Project Description
          3. Results from Prior NSF Support
          4. Unfunded Collaborations
          5. Group Proposals
          6. Proposals for Renewed Support
        5. References Cited
        6. Biographical Sketch(es)
          1. Senior Personnel

            (a) Professional Preparation
            (b) Appointments
            (c) Products
            (d) Synergistic Activities

          2. Other Personnel
          3. Equipment Proposals
        7. Budget and Budget Justification
          1. Salaries and Wages

            (a) Senior Personnel Salaries & Wages Policy
            (b) Administrative and Clerical Salaries & Wages Policy
            (c) Procedures
            (d) Confidential Budgetary Information

          2. Fringe Benefits
          3. Equipment
          4. Travel

            (a) General
            (b) Domestic Travel
            (c) Foreign Travel

          5. Participant Support
          6. Other Direct Costs

            (a) Materials and Supplies (including Costs of Computing Devices)
            (b) Publication/Documentation/ Dissemination
            (c) Consultant Services (also referred to as Professional Service Costs)
            (d) Computer Services
            (e) Subawards
            (f) Other

          7. Total Direct Costs
          8. Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A) for Colleges and Universities)
          9. Total Direct and Indirect Costs (F&A)
          10. Amount of This Request
          11. Cost Sharing
          12. Allowable and Unallowable Costs

            (a) Entertainment
            (b) Meals and Coffee Breaks
            (c) Alcoholic Beverages

        8. Current and Pending Support
        9. Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources
        10. Special Information and Supplementary Documentation
        11. Appendices
    4. Special Guidelines
      1. Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Proposals
      2. EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Proposals
      3. Ideas Lab
      4. Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED)
      5. Collaborative Proposals
      6. Equipment Proposals
      7. Proposals Involving Vertebrate Animals
      8. Proposals Involving Human Subjects
      9. Conference Proposals
      10. International Travel Proposals
      11. Support for Development of NSF Centers
      12. Support for Development of Major Research Equipment and Facilities
      13. Projects Requiring High-Performance Computing Resources, Large Amounts of Data Storage, or Advanced Visualization Resources
      14. Dual Use Research of Concern
  2. Exhibit II-1: Proposal Preparation Checklist
    Exhibit II-2 Potentially Disqualifying Conflicts of Interest
    Exhibit II-3: Drug-Free Workplace Certification
    Exhibit II-4 Debarment and Suspension Certification
    Exhibit II-5 Lobbying Certification
    Exhibit II-6: Nondiscrimination Certification
    Exhibit II-7: Definitions of Categories of Personnel
  1. NSF Proposal Processing and Review
    1. Merit Review Principles and Criteria
      1. Merit Review Principles
      2. Merit Review Criteria
        Intellectual Merit
        Broader Impacts
    2. Selection of Reviewers
    3. Proposal File Updates
    4. Revisions to Proposals Made During the Review Process
    5. Funding Recommendation
    6. NSF’s Risk Management Framework and the Decision to Award or Decline Proposals
    7. Review Information Provided to PI
    8. Release of Grantee Proposal Information
  2. Exhibit III-1: Proposal and Award Timeline
  1. Non-Award Decisions and Transactions
    1. Withdrawals
    2. Proposals Not Accepted or Returned Without Review
    3. Declinations
    4. Reconsideration
    5. Resubmission
  1. Renewal Proposals
    1. Traditional Renewal
    2. Accomplishment-Based Renewal