Overall Document - Minor editorial changes have been made
throughout the document either to clarify or enhance the intended
meaning of a sentence/section. References also have been added to
specify that, in addition to scientific research, the Foundation also
supports engineering research.
Chapter I --- Section B,
Proprietary or Privileged Information, has been revised
to reflect that Proprietary or Privileged Information, if included
as a separate statement, must now be submitted electronically via
FastLane as a single copy document.
Chapter I --- Section E,
How to Submit Proposals, reiterates that all proposals
to NSF must be submitted electronically via FastLane. In addition,
Footnote 11 has been modified to incorporate the definition of Authorized
Organizational Representative found in the NSF Grant Policy Manual.
Chapter II --- Section C,
Sections of the Proposal, has been revised in order
to group together the single copy documents that had previously been
listed separately. The single copy documents: Information about PIs/PDs
and co-PIs/co-PDs; Deviation Authorization; List of Suggested Reviewers
and Reviewers Not to Include; and Proprietary or Privileged Information
should be submitted electronically via the Proposal Preparation module
in FastLane. The Proposal Certifications, however, should continue
to be submitted via the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR)
Chapter II --- Section C.1,
Project Summary, has been changed to reflect that proposers
must now clearly address, in separate statements within the one-page
limitation, both of the NSF merit review criteria in the Project Summary.
Chapter II --- Section C.3,
Project Description, has been revised to:
reiterate the broader impacts resulting from the proposed project
must be addressed in the Project Description and described as an
integral part of the narrative. Examples
illustrating activities likely to demonstrate broader impacts are
available electronically on the NSF webpage.
state that proposers who plan to submit a group proposal that uses
the page limitations identified in that section are strongly encouraged
to contact the cognizant NSF Program Officer prior to submission
of the group proposal.
Chapter II --- Section C.4,
References Cited, has been supplemented with additional
guidance on the inclusion of website addresses. If a website address
is readily available, it should be included in the References Cited
section of the proposal. Proposals that do not specify URL addresses
will not be considered to be in violation of NSF proposal preparation
guidelines and will still be reviewed.
Chapter II --- Section C.11.d,
Proposals Involving Vertebrate Animals, has
been expanded to provide specific citations for the Animal Welfare
regulations. It reinforces the requirement that the proposer must
have an established Public Health Service Animal Welfare Assurance
and adds instructions on the procedure to follow if an organization
does not have an Institutional Animal Welfare Assurance in place.
Chapter II --- Section C.11.e,
Proposals Involving Human Subjects, has been updated
to provide instructions to follow if an organization or unaffiliated
PI has no Human Subjects assurance and no means of obtaining such
Chapter II --- Section C.11.f,
Proposals for Conferences, Symposia and Workshops,
has been supplemented with an additional element that must be included
when submitting these types of proposals. The support and recruitment
of underrepresented groups must be specifically addressed in the proposal.
Chapter II --- Section C.11.g,
Proposals to Support International Travel, has been
modified to specify that group travel proposals should be prepared
using the same instructions as those for conferences, symposia and
Chapter III --- Section A,
Review Criteria, has been revised to highlight the importance
of both merit review criteria in the preparation and review of all
proposals submitted to NSF. Examples
of activities that demonstrate broader impacts are available electronically
on the NSF website at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf022/bicexamples.pdf.
Chapter III --- Section C,
Revisions to Proposals Made During the Review Process,
has been clarified to state that, in addition to the NSF Program Officer
and PI, the AOR must agree to any situations where the budget has
been reduced by 10% or more but the scope of the proposal has not
Chapter IV --- Section A,
Withdrawals, has been modified to permit a new method
for submission of withdrawal requests. Withdrawals may now be submitted
via e-mail to the cognizant NSF Program Officer. A PI may submit the
request, with a copy to their AOR or Sponsored Project Office. AORs
also may e-mail withdrawal requests to NSF.
Chapter V --- Section A, Standard
and Continuing Grants, has been updated to reflect that, while
NSF has been transmitting grants to organizations via e-mail for quite
some time, this method is now the standard procedure and will be used
for all award notifications. Grantees also can access, view, print
and/or download their award letters via FastLane.
Chapter V --- Section B.2,
Renewal Proposals, has been clarified to more clearly
state the Accomplishment-Based Renewal proposal submission requirements.
Chapter VI --- Section B,
Prior Approval Requirements, has been updated and supplemented
with language reiterating that grantees, during the performance of
a project, have broad discretion to rebudget within the cost and administrative
principles, without prior NSF approval. The second paragraph of this
section lists those instances where prior written authorization from
NSF is required. A new approval has been added to this list, namely,
reduction in cost sharing amount. All prior approval requests can
now be submitted electronically to NSF via FastLane.
Chapter VI --- Section C,
Transfer of PI, has been revised to specify that PI
transfers must now be submitted electronically via the Notification
and Request module in FastLane. After the transfer, NSF will not intervene
in any disputes between the two organizations regarding the transferred
Appendix B and C,
Previously, Appendix B contained the Definition of Categories of Personnel.
This information has been moved to Appendix C and Appendix B now contains
the Debarment and Suspension Certification language.