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NSF Announces Revised PAPPG

Posted Date: 10/31/2016 8:19 AM

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Subject: NSF Announces Revised PAPPG

 Revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1) has been issued. The PAPPG has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG). The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide. The document will be sequentially numbered from Chapter I-XII and all references throughout have been modified to reflect this change. Given the number of important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided at the beginning of the PAPPG.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.

In addition to the significant change mentioned above, a summary of other revisions are listed below. See pages 2-8 of Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide for more details regarding the changes.
  • Addition of new sections on Special Processing Instructions and Types of Proposals, including two new types, RAISE and GOALI;
  • Additional instructions for proposers on completion of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information;
  • Supplemental guidance on submission of proposals by organizations impacted by a natural or anthropogenic disaster;
  • Implementation of 45 CFR 690.118 for applications and proposals lacking definite plans for involvement of human subjects;
  • Update on the type of information that NSF may request from proposers with regard to Federal environmental statutes;
  • Supplemental information regarding treatment of NSF awards with canceled appropriations; and
  • Numerous other changes and clarifications throughout the document.
NSF will hold free Webinars to brief the community on the new PAPPG on November 7th, and January 19th, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Registration is required on the outreach events website. Individuals and groups are welcome to register.

The new version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 30, 2017. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 16-1) continue to apply.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Sponsored Research Services.


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