Key Changes to the New NSF PAPPG (NSF 20-1)

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) new Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) has been released and will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. NSF conducted a webinar on February 6, 2020, covering the significant changes to the PAPPG (NSF 20-1). The webinar is now available for on-demand viewing.

To assist the UF community, UF DSP has highlighted some of the key changes to the PAPPG (NSF 20-1); however, you are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG. NSF also has announced issuance of a set of Current and Pending Support Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that accompany the revised version of PAPPG. The FAQs address policy questions related to the PAPPG and clarifications to the current and pending support coverage, as well as questions regarding use of an NSF-approved format for current and pending support.

The FAQs will be updated periodically as appropriate. If you have any questions regarding the 2020 PAPPG, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office by email at

While this new version of the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective on June 1, 2020, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 19-1) continue to apply.

Please reach out to UF DSP or COE OER should you have any questions or concerns.