NSF Releases New Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 16-1)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide which becomes effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 26, 2015.  Per NSF, significant changes include the following:

  • Enforcement of 5 pm submitter’s local time across all NSF funding opportunities
  • Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy
  • Submission of proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) concurrently with proposal submission
  • NSF’s implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern
  • Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch
  • Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel
  • Electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only
  • Revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date
  • Numerous clarifications throughout the document

If you are a recipient of NSF funding or plan to apply for NSF funding, we suggest you become familiar with the new document.

Please share this information with your colleagues. If you have any questions, contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188, or ithelpcentral@nsf.gov