NSF Issues Revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 19-1). The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 28, 2019.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on November 27 at 2 pm EST. For additional information about the webinar, including how to register for it, visit: https://nsfgrantsconferences.com/pappg-webinar-19/

Significant changes in the new PAPPG include the following:

  • Addition of Research.gov as an option for proposal preparation and submission, and proposal file updates
  • Revision of eligibility standards for unaffiliated individuals
  • Specification that conference proposals over $50,000 and all equipment proposals must include the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information in the proposal submission
  • Revision of resubmission guidelines for NSF programs that accept proposals at any time
  • Implementation of NSF’s policy on sexual harassment and other forms of harassment, or sexual assault
  • Specification that proposers are required to have a policy or code-of-conduct that addresses sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault, and that includes clear and accessible means of reporting violations of the policy or code-of-conduct. This policy or code-of-conduct must be disseminated to conference participants prior to attendance at the conference as well as made available at the conference itself
  • Emphasis on the importance of training faculty in the responsible and ethical conduct of research
  • Incorporation of existing patent policy into the PAPPG. This policy was previously implemented by regulation at 45 CFR 650
  • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 28, 2019, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 18-1) continue to apply.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the NSF Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov.